The “Wine Experience” is a multi-level journey…

In my humble view, there are many levels of the wonderful “wine experience”

red_pourThe first level is being knowledgeable of wine and purchasing, sharing, and enjoying retail wines.

The next level is visiting wineries and wine regions and sampling their product, understanding their wine making philosophy, and at least at a superficial level wine making.

The next level is participating in vineyard and winemaking activities, e.g. planting, harvesting, crushing, pressing, barreling, bottling wine.

The next level is to participate in these previously mentioned activities on a regular basis.

Finally I’d say beyond the above “next levels” is to doing this work part-time or full time. Of course that takes huge amounts of time, money, and gut busting hard work so just purchasing a bottle at the local wine shop may not be so bad after all!!! (wink!).

Until you participate in the spectrum of activities from vineyard dirt – through – an evening on the crushpad – through bottling activities, You’ll never personally feel and understand the hard work that goes into a bottle of wine and…

…the tired but good exhaustion the winemaker and grape grower feels at each day’s end…

It’s a precious thing like friends and family! Ciao!!!

So what do you think – Agree or Disagree???



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4 thoughts on “The “Wine Experience” is a multi-level journey…

  1. April 3, 2012 at 13:40

    Wine tasting is a great way for people to find out what types of wine they like and what brands make it best. Everyone has different likes and dislikes when it comes to wine and it is hard to fully understand wine until you try a few. Wine tasting rooms are cheaper to attend rather than buying several bottles of wine.

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  3. July 16, 2009 at 06:27

    I would have to say that the more I learn and experience the wines, the more appreciation I have for them.
    – First learning the differences in the Varietals. Then the different Wine Regions.
    – Terroir was always just a “wine word” until I learned about Single Vineyard Wines. You can have 2 wines, Same Grape varietal, Same Year, Same Wine Maker, Same Wine Region Different Vineyards and each will have such a unique taste you would swear that they are not related. Subtle differences in the soil and climate can make big differences in the bottle.
    I appreciate the grape all the more for experiencing this. The more I learn and experience, the more I Love Wine.

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