Why do we as human beings seem to take so many things for granted? Things that we love and enjoy and still take for granted…At least we take them for granted until we risk losing them or lose them for some time, or even worse for good? What am I talking about? Well, to be specific in this instance I’m talking about drinking and enjoying wine.
I taste wines almost daily for the last God knows how many years and have been drinking wine for the last 35+ years. I swear!! ( Full disclosure; since I was raised in Spain and Portugal, I was blessed with enjoying a little vino here and there in my teens. ) Needless to say you’re probably not going to run into any other 48 year olds that can tell you they have been drinking wine for 35 plus years. Anyhow…I’ve been sick-as-a-dog the last two weeks. Upset stomach, low grade fever, chills, malaise, just freaking awful. The Doc said some from of “Influenza-B. whatever the hell that means. Only side benefit is that I lost some weight (again) – looking like freaking Twiggy, with my size 34 “skinny” jeans hanging off my ass – looking more like 32 waistline from Freshman year in college.
My appetite has finally returned over the last few days, as I seemingly return to some semblance of normalcy. This virus really kicked my ass. THE worst part of all of this that I have not had a wiff of wine in over two weeks. For me that may be the closest to going back to the “virgin palate”. I taste and rink wine daily and Oh do I love it so – it’s my hobby, my passion, my business and my profession. So that is why I realize how much I’ve taken for granted having been able to enjoy amazing wines from around the world on basically a daily basis for decades. I’ve been in the wine business for 26 years now, so that is one hell of a stretch.
I’m grilling fresh cut marinated pork chops we picked up from Waldwick Meats, our local butcher – its locally raised pork that roams, digs & forages on a farm until its ready. Some marinated vegetables will be added to the grill and some wild rice to finish things off. I’ve been thinking about what wine to open and still can’t decided. I may have to open a couple of bottles to make sure. Oregon Pinot Noir? Washington State Merlot? A Rose would work?! I’m not taking any glass or bottle for granted from now on. Life is too short to drink crappy wine…Cheers & Bon Appetite!
Oh yeah, don’t take the stuff you love for granted. REALLY enjoy it.