Broaden Your Comfort Zone
|July 29, 2009||Posted by admin under Wine|
In my last post I gave some negative comments on the movie Bottle Shock without giving any credit to the very important and obvious wine lesson to be learned by the story.
After the infamous blind tasting in 1976, the French were appropriately humbled and California was surprisingly and quickly pressed into the international wine scene. Clearly the lesson is having an open mind to finding a good wine experience in unlikely places. We should have all learned, “Don’t limit yourself to the preconceived notions and ideas of other people.” So when I still hear someone say “Florida Does Not Make Good Wine,” I wonder where these people have been hiding. The statement has no basis, other than ignorance, wine snobbery and grape species prejudice. If you search you will find stinkers from every state and from every country. You will also find wine treasures. Remember 2 Buck Chuck?
People who categorically condemn wine by region are usually inexperienced wine drinkers, beginners at tasting and critiquing and are thinking out loud about what they like and do not like. I just wish they would phrase the comment as a like or dislike and stop making the definitive statement. It has no credibility for people serious about learning all aspects of wine consumption, not just what they are comfortable with. Learning is stepping out of your comfort zone so you can broaden it, by acquisition.
My friend, the Unidentified Jogger, once said, “You don’t get better at something unless you train in the unknown zone.” If you drink only one style of wine, how will you expect to be objective when tasting a different style? Wouldn’t a true wine enthusiast give the time to taste more than one wine in a region before passing judgment?
If you have the gumption but have not been adventurous enough to step into the Vitis rotundifolia paradise, you have just been issued a challenge to try and learn something new.
Some Florida Wine suggestions to get you started:
River White from Log Cabin Winery
Magnolia from Monticello Vineyards
40 Carrot or Sinfully Noble (dry) from Florida Orange Groves, Inc and Winery
“I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret.”
John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, Fawlty Towers