Wine has been produced for thousands of years and my trip to Israel in 2019 took me to a part of the world where archeologists recently discovered a 3,700 year old wine cellar. My wine cellar is nowhere near that old but it does contain history of my own wine tasting experiences.
I will always remember attending the Fall Wine Festival in Palisades, Colorado. My mom and I were enjoying the tastings held by several Colorado based wineries when a gentleman from one of the wineries described his wine as “tasting like velvet”. What!? How can a wine taste like velvet? Mom and I ventured to try it. He poured the wine into our tasting glasses, we swirled, smelled and took a sip then turned to each other as said “It tastes like velvet”. That day truly began my wine adventures. Since then I’ve been open to trying new wines, food and other experiences.
Have you ever re-connected with someone after many years being apart? I recently have had that experience and it was such fun reliving memories from the past, laughing about our younger selves and knowing that regardless of how many years may have separated us, there will always be a connection.
Now wine is a little different. You may remember a wonderful wine you had a few years ago, see that same label on the shelf, grab the bottle and head home to experience the memory of the last time you poured a glass from that vineyard. You swirl, sniff and sip only the experience this time is different. Still good, but not what you remember. That’s because, despite a great wine maker, no two years of grapes and how they grow are EVER the same. And that is part of the wine adventure.
Now, my visit with my old friend, who I’ve not seen in thirty years, will obviously not be the same but we will make new memories that will be cherished and who knows… we may find a new wine to enjoy. Cheers!
Saint Patrick’s Day brings back fond memories. My father was the drum major for the City of Denver Bagpipe band when I was a teenager so we would participate in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade that wound through downtown Denver. I was a Highland Dancer with the band and have the shin splints to prove it LOL. Regardless of your heritage, the saying is “everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day” and the Irish people I have known have always been welcoming. Are you welcoming? Do you open you heart and mind to new experiences? I’ve learned many things over my lifetime and a few things I know for sure… listen to new ideas, embrace new experiences and cultures, enjoy humanity. And if you’re looking for new ways to celebrate all these diverse holidays we hold dear… contact me. I may have a few ideas for you.
“May your heart be light and happy,
May your smile be big and wide,
And may your pockets always have
a coin or two inside!”
We celebrate so many things during the month of February. Items like Black History Month, Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day to those less known. Have you heard of National Carrot Cake day 2/3? Be Humble Day 2/22? Tell a Fairy Tale Day 2/26? I like the “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”.
Once upon a time, there was a wine pixie named Cab who wanted to spend time with their other pixie friends but could not because they were isolated on an island. Day after day Cab tried ways to connect with other pixies on other islands so they could share the wonderful wine that was stored in the pixie’s cellar. One day Cab’s fairy godmother appeared and said she could magically send a “sip kit” to the other fairy islands and through the magic of ZOOM, Cab could talk to the other pixie’s and tell them about the wines and how to enjoy them with various pixie food recipes. Cab was overjoyed and on the day of the magic ZOOM, when all the pixies could see each other and share a wine toast, a glorious purple star appeared and sprinkled fairy dust on the wine loving pixies.
Want to spread some wine loving fairy dust? Ask me about “Sip Kits”. CHEERS!
2020 was a challenging year as I switched from in-home wine tastings to online events. Thankful for my loyal customers who continued to purchase wine that was shipped directly to their doorsteps, I was able to keep my wine business afloat. We held a few Facebook live video events and successfully used Zoom for a more interactive experience. Although some wines were slightly delayed in production due to the impact of the pandemic, we still managed to win several Wine Medals and our Cucharon (Argentinian Malbec blend) was awarded a double gold. Despite it all, wine is a memory maker. Looking forward to making great memories in 2021.
What People Say About Wine
Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake.Leon Adams
I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.W.C. Fields
Beer is made by men, wine by God.Martin Luther