Hello my fellow winos!
Have you ever gone to the grocery store or visited a winery and tasting a wine that was SO good that you bought two bottles? A bottle to share and a bottle to save? As I am going through my wine library and thinking about what I want to share with loved ones before it goes into storage for a while, I started seeing my buying patterns for my wines.
I tend to be a little selfish with the good bottles! I only pull them out when I want to share a story with people who are very special to me, a momentious occasion is happening or I am able to share with someone who will appricate the wine poured from such a special bottle to me. I had said something similar to this on my Facebook page at the beginning of the year and it still resinates as true today as it did then.
Original Facebook post: “I have just realized how “protective” of my non-Fred Meyers/Rudy’s wines I am 😓. I had an epiphany this evening – when I share my wine it is like sharing my photography art with someone. When you just pop the cork and don’t hear the story behind the wine/winery/vintage that I learned when I personally visited each location it is like when I show someone my photos and they just swipe through without hearing the story behind the photo. Storyteller at its finest right👍 here 👍 sometimes the story you learn is about you.”
A perfect example of me doing this is when I went to a release weekend at Telaya Wine Co in Garden City and the released Daniel Vineyard Merlot. This was a very special wine because that vineyard was no longer producing grapes for wine. These bottles were the last of it. I tasted it – loved it and bought two bottles, one to share with my family when they came to visit a few weeks later and one to save for myself.
Now that I am looking over my bottles of wine and trying to minimize to just my “GREATS” I have realized that I have been saving bottles, without even knowing much about wine (at the time), since 2012 because I have been told before that wines last. I have bottles from Williamsburg winery that are all 2012s that I didn’t even know at the time how amazing of a vintage that is/was from the first time I ever did a real wine tasting trip to a winery.
This bottle below was purchased when I knew NOTHING about wine and I opened it years later when I had spent the last three years completely obsessed with learning as much as I can about wine, the making of and the industry around it.
So how many of you do this? Buy a bottle to share and one for the shelves…and sometimes the “ones to share” don’t make it out of the cellar either? Let’s see some digital hands raised! I know I can’t be the only one – but when you do decide to pop the cork, what event or company makes it a “worthy” moment to open such special bottles?
Just something that is wine related that has been rattling my brain this week. I’d love to hear your comments below.