I did not begin my interest in wine until just a few years ago. Growing up in a rural Tennessee town I was not exposed to wine or wineries, although we do have a few good ones now. We had a lovely food heritage of canning and preserving and cast iron skillet cooking, but no wine.
I went through a period of time around four years ago where I had to completely start over with nothing except my adorable son and my writing desk. One summer evening I was sitting in a chair by the window, scrolling though Pinterest on my iPad and came across a breathtaking photograph that helped me envision my dream life. It was a snapshot of a rustic home with an idyllic, lush yard. I imagined strolling through it in the evening with a glass of wine, just as the woman in the photograph, surrounded by lovely family.
That particular summer also led to becoming an avid fan of the blog Manger. I devoured it at every spare moment. I also read the book My Life in France, a memoir about Julia Child. Being from Tennessee, non français, I had an indifferent and completely undeveloped view of wine.
Living in a not so nice apartment at that time, on a shoestring budget, I still entertained and remember good laughs with friends and family. I enjoyed life to the fullest and learned the art of appreciating the simplest pleasures in life. Each purchase was meticulously planned. Every item from the farmer’s market had to count. Buying a bar of rose soap or a soy wax candle was a luxury. My fondest memories of that time were the dinners I hosted there in a that apartment with my son ‘assisting’ in the kitchen.
The Everyday Rosé has been a dream of mine this year so thank you for indulging me. Although my son and I live in a lovely house now with my wonderful husband, I still hold true to the philosophy that living an abundant, flourishing life does not have to be expensive. It is all about being thoughtful and mindful of the details.
For anyone who loves wine, the objective is of course quality over quantity. When I share an amazing bottle of wine with someone it is especially nice to be able to recreate the moment later, which is why I keep a food and wine log of memorable meals, tasting notes, wine labels, and any other snippets of information I may need.
It would be serendipitous ten years from now to re-create a memorable wedding meal or an unforgettable bistro meal on a vacation to the coast. I like to imagine one day we will have a lovely granddaughter who will treasure my notes and want to re-create my apple potato gratin and serve it with a pinot noir from our favorite Oregon winery.
Tasting notes help me to fully enjoy my wine experience. Madeline Puckette, the writer behind the blog Wine Folly, said,
“Learning how to taste wine was one of the smartest things I ever did for my health. It seems counterintuitive, but the process taught me to crave more sophisticated—and healthy—foods.”
Allow your wine tasting to be an experience and enjoy your growth along the way.