Saturday, December 4, 2010

The experience is everything

DF suit

I've done a few . . . morally questionable things. Not proud. Felt really great when I was in the moment, but the self-loathing and disgust is beginning to kick in. As the son of two fairly devout Christians . . . this isn't even a rebellious kind of thing (I'm a little too damn old for that shit) . . . but I do feel a bit guilty. And this isn't even about my drinking.

Speaking of wine. And other things . . .

The experience is the whole point. Who cares how much money this is costing, who cares how much time it's taking up, who cares. The experience overrides all. I buy wines because I need to have an understanding of that particular region or vintage or varietal - does it not make sense that it is irrelevant whether I personally like it or not? Every bottle, even one I don't end up enjoying, builds a point of reference, increases knowledge; that's what I aim for.

I've had a few questions about how I select wines from each LCBO release. And my answer is always a bit ambiguous, but it's hard to explain to people that sometimes you need to spend a lot of money to learn about wine. That's it. You can't expect to budget, and still understand why the expression of chardonnay changes from Chablis, to Margaret River, to Twenty Mile Bench. There really is no easy or simple way to do it - you can't buy $7 bottles of some industrial plonk and expect to learn anything, no matter how much of it you drink. It's only after you've really explored a region/varietal/vintage in detail can you make up your mind - I can talk about how much I love Niagara pinot noir because I've drank and tasted well over 200, not because I picked up a random bottle one weekend and decided it tasted good.

So the moral is . . . wine is about the experience that every bottle is giving you. Nothing else should matter; nothing else does matter. Who cares that you're drinking a $150 bottle, who cares that some American slob gave it 92 points? Focusing on, for example, Chablis wines for a month gives you that valuable reference point, that tangible understanding of how that region expresses chardonnay. And please, lay off the $7 junk. At the very least, don't use it as evidence that you too are a wine drinker.

--- Blogger's note:

One more thing. The internet makes commenting mindless - any idiot can fire off a few words about how their sensibilities have been trampled on. I don't care if I get legitimate criticism about what I write about here, so long as there's a name to it. Don't hide behind Anonymous. I see your IP address, I know exactly who you are. So here's the deal - put a name to your comment, and I'll publish it. Those who don't, not a chance. I'm not about to allow cowards to spew their nonsense on the back of my work. If you don't enjoy La Cave de Fang, might I suggest for you to piss off.



  1. I will be honest I was looking for a response from you but My apologies, I very much enjoy your blog, it's refreshing to get some decent reviews on wines that the lcbo releases. Its hard to find any and i mean any worthwhile blogs about wine in ontario.I merely meant your boots appear more stylish than functional, I like the look but I was questionioning the functionality of them personally I defer to zamberlan for all boot wear, once u experience their quality u may change your mind.

  2. I like that you're giving me fashion advice . . . that's what every straight dude needs right, unsolicited opinions on clothing from complete strangers over the internet.

    Give me a name. I've explained pretty clearly, I don't deal with Anonymous shit. I'm sure you're a good person, but give me a name or you're done.

  3. Post their IP address =)