Yup, it’s been a while.
The final term in my day job last fall was a blur. Took on way too much, but the happy result is that I have a bit o’ nest egg now to see me through 2012 WITHOUT having to say yes to everything. Leaving white space for pleasure and beauty and other hedonistic pursuits…
This was made clear to me in a bit of a shock on Christmas Day. As revealed in my last post, lo these many weeks ago, I was resigned to breaking from wine learning for a while and gave myself permission to wallow a bit in cheaper, everyday products. And so I did. I found some nice boxed offerings – particularly the Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – but mostly stocked the fridge/cellar with everyday staples from the under-$15 shelves at the back of the store. Sipping on auto pilot, as it were.
Christmas Day, however, a shock out of complacency. Given a beautiful bottle of Chablis – my favorite, always – from T&T, I decided to NOT put it away for a special event with others, but to open it for myself that very evening, to accompany my little roast chicken dinner.
The evening progressed normally, pretty much by habit… chickie cooking, house smelling fabulous, time to put the potatoes on and open up the wine. Snap crackle pop, bottle is open and first glass is poured. As per normal practice for the past several months, no assessment was made: no initial swirl and holding against the light for a colour appraisal, no slow appreciation of aromas and bouquets, no languid, deliberate first sip to cover the palate and judge every nuance. Just open, pour, drink, swallow.
And I literally stopped dead in my tracks between counter and stove. Oh my oh my. Quality wine once again! The complexity, the depth, the sheer beauty of the wine took my breath away. Right, I remember now – this is what wine could be. A bloody miracle in a glass.
So I am back at it. Already hosted first tasting in months, have signed up for mini course while waiting for next ISG offering, and, perhaps most significantly – buying some nice bottles once again. Wa-hoo!