Did I just use "wine" as a verb? I believe I did.
For years I was intimidated by wine. I would walk into a package store wanting desperately for something good to jump off the shelf and scream "I'm the wine you want, I promise to WOW you and your dinner guests!" If the price was over $20, I figured I couldn't go wrong.
Oh, what I would have given back then to have the seemingly unlimited resources I have now at my fingertips. There are so many wine review sites with thousands of people rating bottles of wine from around the world. How could I possibly go wrong?
Well, wrong again. You see, what we like or dislike about particular bottles of wine is quite subjective. What I like may cause you to pucker, and what you like may cause my teeth to hurt. The only way to truly know what you like or dislike is to buy a bottle and drink it. Use reviews as a guideline, sure, but do you really want to rely on a bunch of wine know-it-alls who speak in terms you can't understand dictating what you should like or what you should pair with this food or that?
To help share my love of wine and my desire to learn more about it, I started a blog a few months ago called Serious Wining, a place where know-it-alls and wine snobs are not allowed to comment. I taste and post (mostly) about wines that are under $20, in an effort to demystify the wine-tasting process and help bring those affordable and accessible wines to light. I've been asked to share some of my findings on a regular basis on Patch! It's my hope that as you read here, you'll pick up some of the same wines and try them for yourself, and then be part of the conversation.
Wining is serious business, folks, because life is simply too short to drink bad wine. But we'll have to slog through some of it, I'm sure, in order to learn and appreciate the good stuff.
Let's get it started with some Serious Wining. Who's with me?