It was sure nice to see spectators at The Masters golf tournament. Professional sports without the presence of fans is just wrong. I know that the show must go on even during the threat of Covid, but it just isn’t the same watching golf or any sporting event for that matter without fans cheering the athletes on. How weird was it to watch the NCAA basketball playoffs without a fan in the seats? Things are slowly creeping back to normal, although some things will never return to what they were in the past. How many businesses will continue to use Zoom as a meeting place instead of traveling across the globe for an important discussion? However, you will never stop humans from enjoying the tactile experience of getting together with one another. It’s in our blood. There are of course the exceptions.

For the past year, I have been setting up wine tasting events on Zoom. Some of my group like it a lot and are hopeful I will continue to conduct them this way. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as soon as I can get my group back together at the normal venue for my wine tasting events it will happen. It has been an interesting experience using Zoom and it will always remain an option. However, getting together and discussing the wines in a group setting can never be replaced. I know it can get noisy from time to time and some folks (just a few) complain they have trouble hearing the presenter. That is part of the ambience that makes the tasting events a fun experience. It’s a learning party, that Zoom cannot emulate.

Susie and I are about ready for a quick trip down to the Gorge near Oregon. Susie found some nice accommodations for us and I made a few appointments at wineries in that area. Neither of us has been to this part of Washington State before, so we are excited about a new adventure. It will be nice to visit my friends at Syncline Cellars, Cor Cellars and Savage Grace Winery and will give me plenty to write about over the next couple of weeks. Until we can get back to Europe or Africa, side trips are essential for us both. We enjoy each other’s company immensely and we travel well together, it doesn’t 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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