Drinking wine is a very personal experience. That specific glass won’t taste exactly the same to anyone else. In fact, it won’t taste exactly the same to you if it’s poured in a different location or at a different time. That’s one of the most exciting things about wine – it’s a complete experience. Your environment, your mood, the temperature of the glass and the wine itself, even what food you just had for lunch – each and every thing that has made you you at that exact moment in time will affect your experience. How Zen is that?
Then you move back to the similarities, the commonalities of what people find in specific wines, and then not only is it exciting, you fall in love. The black pepper in specific Zinfandels can make you swoon. The limestone notes in that Cabernet Sauvignon make your heart skip a beat. That Cabernet Franc from the Nevada County foothills makes your soul sing. You’re committed to a life-long love affair with vino.