One has to wonder why things happen the way they do in our lives. For instance, a group of us were up in the warehouse recently, talking about someone we knew, but haven’t seen in a while. Low and behold, when I went downstairs to the store guess who was shopping? If one pays attention, this kind of thing happens more than we dare to think. Another example of this strange phenomenon. In the past month or so, many samples of wine have been put in front of me to try. In most cases, there is quite a variety of wines to muse over. Strangely enough, two varietals have been presented repeatedly by different vendors… Chenin Blanc and Mencia. Neither of these varietals is what I would call mainstream. What are the chances that four different reps in the span of a month would place a bottle of Mencia in front of me to try? Granted, one of them landed as my “Pick Of The Month” for June and it has been doing quite well. However, I don’t foresee Mencia being the new hot item in the wine world. The same could be said about Chenin Blanc. Yet, both varietals have been presented to me consistently over the past couple of months. Coincidence? Maybe, but it does make you wonder.

I took up running again. I was an avid runner about ten years ago, but something happened in my life that took the wind out of my running sails. About a month ago, I decided it was time to get back to doing something that I really enjoyed in the past. Because of my personality, I have to be careful not to get out of balance. Running is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but I can’t let it take away from other aspects of my life. I actually planned on running this morning, but I have been neglecting my blog and I needed to write this piece. I had to make a decision… Run or write? I think for me, the problem lies in this fact. I’m fearful that if I skip a day, I will then skip two days, which will turn into a week and then a month. Before I know it, I have stopped my running routine. Silly you say? I bet a lot of you have gone through the same type of thought process at some point in your life. Both running and writing are hard, obviously in a different way. Running is a physical and mental challenge, whereas writing is simply a mental challenge. There have been times when I feel that mentally writing is in fact harder than running.

Summer has finally arrived! After a cold and wet spring, the warmth of the sun is a nice change. The grass likes it too. With all the water in the ground, once the sun starts shining, you can almost see the grass grow. I love to mow grass, it’s kind of therapeutic for me. However, I have had enough mowing therapy for now. Fortunately, in a couple of weeks, the growth will slow down as the grass and ground dry up. Then, I will have more time to write. I have to say that between running, mowing, or writing, mowing is the easiest.


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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