The fun of travel and wine (and shopping)…

I personally find it fun to go shopping for wine (or beer, or whatever you’re feeling) at the good old LCBO. I love browsing the labels, reading the posted scores and reviews, sometimes buying something just for the airmiles, and picking out something I’ve never tried before. Or, buying a stand by that I’ve always enjoyed and know someone else will love.

Recently, having just come back from California, it was exciting to come across a few special bottles in the Vintages section from a winery we had just visited in Napa Valley, Clos du Val. So exciting, in fact, that we splurged and bought both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Zinfandel for a cottage weekend, although I would hardly classify either of these as a typical “cottage wine”. Besides both being fabulous wines (I have reviewed each briefly on the nataliemaclean.com¬†website if you’re interested), they brought me right back to our wonderful vacation, and had my fiance and I reminiscing before we’d forgotten any of the details of our trip.

One of the things I find interesting about wine is that it seems to evoke a lot of emotions and feelings in people. I know personally, since I’ve been back from California, I’m sticking to that section of the liquor store. Fortunately for my Canadian tastes, I am heading to the Niagara region next week for work, so I’m sure I’ll see my shopping shift in that direction, especially after stopping into a few wineries between meetings :). For me, my ever shifting taste in wine is what keeps it so intriguing! If I’m at a party and get to try a new Malbec from Argentina, chances are that I’ll pick it up the next time I’m shopping for another party or event. I think that aspect of sharing the knowledge is another reason why I wanted to start writing about wine!

JM

Another wine blog…

Well, I am not sure if anyone has ever counted, but I’m sure the Internet has enough people writing about wine. You can pretty much google any clever wine pun and there’s a blog. Quality writers? Probably. Interesting writers? Sure. Funny, non pretentious ones? Yup. So why bother? I’ve actually thought about it for a while and I guess it comes down to “why not?” for me. I know some things! I’ve always loved wine, learning about it, reading about it, and trying new ones. I even took real legitimate courses – and enjoyed them! I’ve been to vineyards in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and very recently, California. Not very many, I’ll admit, but enough to gain a lot of respect for the process of making wine and a huge appreciation for the effort that results in a delicious bottle.

What will I write about? I enjoy trying to find a wine that I love that is not overly expensive. I also want to start comparing more wines directly, instead of just trying one and thinking, “hey, that’s pretty good”. I think anyone can do that, and figure out what they like, but it might be nice to try and compare and see why I like one wine over another, either similar wines from the same area, or different varietals. Who knows?

I also have come to realize that while I will inevitably talk about the glass of wine (or 2) I have after a long day while sitting on the back porch or in my living room, most often, it’s the wine I drink with my fiance, my friends, or my family that has the story that goes along with it.

So, anyways, I’ll give this a go, and see what happens. At the very least, I’ll have finally put some of my thoughts on the Internet for someone to stumble on via google.

~JM