Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finding IT

Ok, I've recovered sufficiently. Sorry for the outburst. I'm not unstable.

Yes, inspiration. Still looking for it. Even in something as innocuous as deciding what wines to drink. Because if you're not careful, you can end up spending a lot of money, drinking lots of random wines, and learn/gain nothing. Method, right? Do everything methodically, and you'll begin seeing results.

I approach wine drinking very simply - mood and circumstance. How I'm feeling is particularly important. Sometimes I feel adventurous, and want to explore new wines. And sometimes I feel a bit vulnerable, and want to taste something I know well. Like snuggling in with someone you quite like. Comfortable. And of course, you have to gauge the occasion - why you're drinking, who you're drinking with, what you're eating, where you're eating, etc, etc, etc.

But it's so easy to keep going back to the same wines over and over. Like always drinking Rhône with steak or Sancerre with fish. That's where book knowledge comes in. Reading about new, exciting wine regions inspires you to search them out. Lately, I've been actively looking for the white wines of Greece, vintage Ports, and sherries. It's all about being brave and embracing diversity.

That's my point - try new things. Get out of your comfort zone, in wine and in other pursuits.

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