This posting is a question rather than a wine buying tip. I’m asking the question and I’m offering my response, but what’s more important is your thoughts. I look forward to your comments.
In my glass is a red wine that tastes of blackcurrants coated with chocolate. It’s rich, a little sweet, very smooth and very yummy. If I were to take it to a party I’m sure it would be more than popular. “This is delicious” comments would fly.
The Aussie Shiraz in my glass is delicious and appealing to our taste buds in the same way as chocolate, ice cream or a vanilla latte. It’s the kind of wine that most people like – because for most people wine should taste exactly like all their other favourite foods and drinks.
But I’m not so sure.
Why do we want everything to be the same? Comfortable, smooth and familiar. Why do we avoid the unfamiliar, the novel? Why are we so uncomfortable with all forms of ‘otherness’? Why do we want to make everything one?
The wine in my glass reminds me of today’s ‘ideal home’. Full of comfort so there is no need to go out. Wine to replace going out. And what would the point be anyway, Our local chain restaurants are just larger editions of our living room. With the same furnishings, processed food and wine.
I’ve ditched the Shiraz, and for company I now have something with a hit of acid, a twang of tannin and flavours of that are uniquely ‘winey’. I’m being taken ‘somewhere’ and something is being added to my situation. I’m having an experience – the wine invites me to indulge my feelings, desires and dreams. Which is why I drink wine. And why I listen to music. Emotion and tension are key in wine just as they are in music.
What do you want from your wine?