“Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilised life.” – Adam Gopnik
Every time we choose what to remember and what not remember, we’re, in my opinion, making ourselves masters of our own memories. In any case, who else would we have put in charge, except ourselves. I smile as I think to myself how two people can be present in the same room during a particular event, and yet, when the two give an account of what took place, you realize, how we are our own masters to what we recall and the memories we store.
Some of my best memories, which have been born from events wine related, bring a lump in my throat. Not of sadness or regret, but from an overwhelming sensation of how my love for wine has brought out the beauty of meeting people in what I’d like to call a the world of wine.
While in Yountville, California, I found myself with three other people, British, American and Mexican outside a restaurant, wondering whether to pick that particular one or the next. Nothing could have prepared me for this memorable afternoon I was about to have. An afternoon that would find itself nestled in my wine memories for wine years to come. Here we were, four different people, from four continents and the only thing we had in common was wine.
With a comprehensive wine list with wines from all over the world, I must say, it was nerve racking to suggest a wine, worse still, select one. Robert, the British, was smart enough to suggest, ‘Complicated.’ Complicated? Yes, a red wine called Complicated. This is a red wine blend with 53% Grenache, 42% Syrah, and 5% Carignane. I loved the sound of this wine. It was a wine that chose us, as it clearly reflected the differences in us, and yet, this bottle would bring us together.
Produced by modern generation winemakers, by a company called Taken, this wine is artistically created to please the present-day wine drinker. Both the name and the bottle, speak to the wine lover. The winemakers play on names that link to social media, pertinent to the lives we live today.
Full of irresistible aromas of ripe plums, strawberries and coffee, this deep red wine is a burst-full of fruit flavor on the palate making for a pleasant and balanced palate with a delightful lingering flavor. The conversation was flowing. From the crowded streets of Mexico City to an apartment in the centre of London, to a Jazz club in San Diego and a quiet neighbourhood in Harare. The wine further bonded the wine lovers present affirming the meeting in Yountville was not by chance.
Time stopped, as the wine took centre stage. New friends were made, laughter made everyone comfortable and above all, the wine brought us together. The next time you travel wine lovers, take that wine ‘leap of faith’ make new friends and live, just a little, with a glass of wine. To your next experience, it’s cheers from me, to, ‘living just a little.’
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About the writer:
Lebbie is a qualified passion-filled Wine Consultant who spends quality time with wine through travel, study, wine chat and of course sipping on wines.