Why I Love Wine

Posted by Michael Nagdimunov on

"Why do you love wine?"

I’m often asked why I love wine from customers, people that work with me, friends and family members alike. Being in this business for over 10 years, I’ve tasted wine at almost 200 wineries! I ought to have an idea.

I love wine for all the reasons that Maya from Sideways explained and then some. It is an individual assessment, of course, but it can be the beverage that binds people together. Sharing a glass of a well made and properly-aged wine can build bridges in friendships and help with discoveries of the soul, or just give you the nerve to open up your heart to those around you. It is a beverage to share, a beverage to savor, and a beverage to enjoy. And like many good things, it carries a responsibility to enjoy in moderation.

I love wine because it enhances conversations among great people. When joined together, good people with good wine create more insightful and enjoyable conversation. People and wine often combine experiences in love-making, shared during a romantic dinner, or popped as a compliment to cheese, bread, and a perfect picnic. These experiences only add to why we love wine.

I love wine because it enhances the flavor of food during our meals. A great wine, when matched creatively with a creative dish, tends to create a more memorable and lasting dining experience.

I love wine because it improves the ability to live in the moment; that a bottle of wine, when enjoyed in a beautiful location, is even more enjoyable. If only we could enjoy each bottle again and again. Lovers and wine have, after all, oft been compared.

I love wine because I find in my travels that people who drink wine socially are happier and healthier people.

In my days of touring wineries I visited some 200 wineries. I tasted at plenty but usually just observed and chatted with the tasting room staff learning about the particular amenities, specialties and unique characteristics of the winery and the tasting room. I jotted down my impressions and checked off my lists but I was also engaged by others enjoying their tasting experience.

In no other environment that I can think of does this occur with such ease. Couples sharing their thoughts on wine, vineyards, winemakers and new found wines can quickly divert to food or art or – dare we risk it – politics, religion, or other taboo topics.

A single person can confidently inquire about a wine to their tasting bar neighbor and not look or feel out of place or uncomfortable. The tasting room is a unique place and with the plethora of new and updated tasting rooms, the experience only grows deeper.

Not only can you share a glass of wine and a tour of the winery with your new wine tasting friends, you can now share a walk through the sustainable vineyard, tour the first class art or sculpture gallery, enjoy the perfectly pared flavors of food tastes and wine, or learn the minute details of how the winemaker pumps over the must to extract the most flavor in his or her wine. It is truly a joy to be engaged and the wine is the enabler. And this is why I love wine.

Are you a wine lover, too? Or, are you at least curious to learn more about wine?

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Michael Nagdimunov
Director of e-Commerce Solutions at Dewinespot.co

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