What Can Tasting Wine Teach Us about Life? The quick answer: More than you think!
Let me ask you a question: have you ever thought about the difference between drinking wine and tasting wine? They are not the same.
When drinking wine, I take a sip and I might think: It’s fine. I’ll drink it. In fact, I’ll have another glass.
Tasting wine is different. When I taste wine, I use my senses. I look at the wine. I notice its color, its intensity. I smell the wine. I think about what kind of aromas it is giving me. I consider the flavors, the balance, the body, the tannins, the acid, the sweetness.
The wine’s journey
After tasting wine and considering so many of its attributes, I come up with an idea of where the wine came from. I wonder: What was its journey? And I appreciate wine much more after tasting it compared to when I drink it. I think about its age, the variety, the region, the fermentation and aging processes. I might be inspired to drink more from that variety or region.
What can tasting wine teach you about how to live?
Tasting wine is the ultimate act of presence. Through being present, we can learn to be grateful for moments. You might find inspiration. I teach my students that through tasting wine (or whiskey or coffee), you can learn to be in the moment. You can recognize what is going on around you. These moments can create gratitude.
Being present translates from tasting wine to life
I have an 11-month-old son. He loves the Hot Dog Dance from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. For months, I’ve watched him get so excited about it. He could be crying, and when Hot Dog Dance comes on, he becomes a different baby. He gets so happy. One day I decided, “I’m going to take that 30 or 45 seconds to enjoy that song with him. I want to feel what he’s feeling.” And sure enough, I could. I was so grateful for that moment.
And I was grateful for how fun that silly little Hot Dog song is. He loves it. And I connected to his energy. It was a small moment, But I was appreciative, and I was inspired to do it more often — to enjoy those small moments with him.
What does this mean for you?
Think about moments in your life when you might be able to do the same thing — with family, with friends, with colleagues, and anywhere in life. Especially now, in this time of the pandemic, let’s enjoy the moments.
Stephanie Roberts, WSET® Certified Sommelier, empowers people to drink better wine. Through unique and tailored wine experiences, she demystifies wine and all its complexities and teaches people how to recognize a wine’s journey from a grape in the vineyard to the wine in your glass.
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