Hello, I am back and I don’t intend on backing away from blogging again. I’ve said that before of course, but I feel a certain commitment that has been alluding me thus far. It takes a lot to get a blog going and to come up with ideas to keep my readers interested. I’ve come up with a few that I thought were interesting. Words of Winedom is one that I need to fire up again.

Every Wednesday, I would discuss a word or term used in the wine world or by wine people I run across regularly. One of my favorites was my definition of the word “fun” to describe wine. I’ve never embraced that descriptor for a wine, but it seems to be prevalent. From my standpoint, it seems to be a cop-out. Another words, calling a wine “fun” takes the pressure off to come up with something better to describe the wine. It reminds me of the word delicious. This is a word I do use from time to time, but I try to surround it with other descriptors to help define what I mean by delicious. This word is about as subjective as you can get. Some people think liver is delicious, something that I don’t understand at all! The only one that liked liver in my family when I was growing up was my mom and dog. My dog liked it because he got all of mine under the table that I would sneak to him while I was pretending to chew. I can’t remember if my siblings liked it, but I am sure that none of them make it for themselves for dinner. If a wine is fun, tell me why it is. To be fair, when someone says a wine is fun, the first thing that comes to my mind is a wine that you don’t have to think about, but it is good in a simple way. One of the guys who used the word fun all the time took exception to that reasoning. He tried to explain why he used it, and to some degree he made some sense. However, I will go to my grave thinking that the word fun to describe a wine is a lazy way to try to relay what the wine is about.

Susie and I are getting married in just over a week and we are both very excited! Susie loves bubbles and while we were in South Africa we discovered Graham Beck Brut sparkling wine. Both of us fell in love with this sparkler so you know that will be at the reception. As far as picking out the other wines, I fell back on some of the popular whites at my tasting events and at the store. The reds will come from my cellar, so I am picking carefully since many of the wines are not for everyone’s taste. I do have some eighty percent wines, I just have to comb my cellar to find them. What I mean by that is at least eighty percent of the folks who try them will more than likely like them. This is a formula I use at the store for my pick of the month and I have been quite successful. So far I have about eight bottles selected. As many times as I’ve helped picking wines for wedding receptions and the amounts they will need, I find myself struggling with this one. The old adage that it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it applies. All said, we will have a great time, and I will have Susie as my wife. Does it get any better than that?

Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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