“Wine, I soon discovered, is perfect for people who like to explore: history, biology, anthropology, geology, geography, even philosophy. The deeper you dig, the more you find”
- Uncorked, Marco Pasanella
Wine is a great thing. It has the power to change the atmosphere in a room, the power to challenge your inner curiosity, and also bring people together, all while tasting delicious. There aren’t many elements in this world that have the kind of power these days, but there is still that ability to enjoy and fall into a reverie or trance over a glass without repercussion (minus a possible hangover). It isn’t simply an instrument that enables one to get you drunk; wine is a form of communication, a way to bring history, geography, art, and elements of different cultures to consumers across the globe.
So, why should you be excited about wine?
Wine is meant to be fun and enjoyable, that is the most important thing to remember. Life is too short to spend drinking bad wine, and if you prefer the taste of a cheap and cheerful Pinot Grigio to expensive Champagne, you do you. You grab yourself a bottle of PG and savour every last drop.
Wine has a way of bringing people together. Just look at the staff at Kensington Wine Market; everyone here comes from different walks of life, with different upbringings and different interests, and yet working with wine has allowed us to create conversations, to discover mutual interests and to produce common ground between us. There is very little chance that the people we have conversed with over the years would have crossed paths with us if wine itself wasn’t a primary element, but yet, here we are, connecting with everyone through our mutual appreciation.
Wine is a cultural experience in of itself, full of stories and wonder. It’s packed to the cork with history. For thousands of years, it has been evolving and growing with the economic, political, social, and geographic landscapes of each era. With this, the wine develops stories and personalities that you wouldn’t be able to witness otherwise, telling us it’s unique tale of how it came to be in each glass we enjoy.
Wine also keeps you questioning and exploring. Working in wine is a beautiful experience, but sometimes the experience can become stale, especially when you find yourself in a rut, only drinking or trying the same styles over and over. Then, one day, you ’ll try something you’ve never experienced before, blasting you upwards out of the self-induced wine rut into the blinding, angelic sunlight, where you find yourself scrambling to comprehend what you just tasted. Soon after, you’ll find yourself in a wine infused haze, trying to gain as much information as you possibly can about the particular wine that had such a profound impact. I had one of those experiences a couple of weeks ago whilst running the Red Wine Icons: Bordeaux tasting. There were 6 delicious red wines that reinvigorated my love for Bordeaux, but the one wine that made me question my entire existence was the 2007 vintage of Chateau d’Yquem. Even in its relative youth, the wine showed this complexity and depth that I couldn’t even fathom; a sweetness that coated the palate, the acidity cutting through to counterbalance the nectar-like qualities and then the flavours that explode on your tongue. I questioned everything, and once I got home, I found myself scouring the internet in a haze of d’Yquem, to find as much information as possible about the history and the stories of this Sauternes.
I could go on forever on why wine is great and why wine is beautiful, but there is only so much time in a day. Just remember, wine isn’t just fermented grape juice, it’s an element that can bring people together. Next time you open a bottle or enjoy a glass, take a moment to acknowledge the beauty of the wine and make sure to share that appreciation with the company around you.