I wonder if there is such a thing as Wine Tasting Withdrawal??
I ask that as the season for wine tastings are drawing to a severe reduction in occurrences. Mind you I didn't say stopping altogether. That doesn't really ever happen. It's just that like so many retailers, wine shops make a good bit of the money during the last quarter of the year. They hope to help that along with a good dose of wine tastings and other events at their shops. I know this as I've been VERY busy the last few months. Almost every weekend I've been out slaving away having to endure pouring wine for others, sometimes 2 and even 3 days over various weekends.
If it's that bad, why do I do it? Okay, you got me. It's not that terrible. In fact, I rather enjoy them. It's an opportunity to meet wine drinkers on all different levels. Some are new to wines and some have been doing this longer than I have. Yet almost everyone has a story to tell or a question to ask. That's has been the basis behind my "Wine Tasting Tell All" segments. Sharing others thoughts and stories. Maybe to help make wine a little less intimidating or a little more fun.
The holidays are upon us and wine shops have tried to do their best at showering us with their best ideas for wines to drink this season. While those of us that are pouring the wines continue to point out the best of each wine and extol their virtues and point out how they may make that holiday party a little better with the right wine.
So with all that coming to a severe slowdown, what's a person like me to do? I mean, come on, I can write about a weekly wine and throw in posts about the industry and how she is a changin' (Please don't read anything into the female reference) and I have come to like writing. I guess I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't. But even I have limits. The ole writer's block syndrome or just nothing new to excite the senses.
Some people I know, mainly the jealous type, have said: "Get a job." Nay. I like my retirement way too much. Volunteer? That's a possibility that I'm considering. I've been thinking about assisting in a MeetUp group of which I became a member. What really inspires me is looking at starting regular meetings where we teach folks about the various aspects of wine. Sort of a "Wine U." No, that name doesn't work, does it? "Classroom wine?" Not sure the educational system would like that one. "Everything you ever wanted to know about wine but were afraid to ask." I think I may have a copyright issue with that one. The really great one I recently saw was "Cork College." Darn, I can't use that one now. Need to give this a lot more thought.
"STOP THE INTERNET!"
Talk about coincidences. So here I was writing about my withdrawal, I should mention I was one tasting away from my last of the season, and I get this email saying that the tasting has been canceled. Darn. Then a couple hours later I get an email from a different wine rep asking if I can do a tasting tonight. A shot of adrenalin to my system. "Of course I can!"
So off I go to do what is more than likely my true last tasting of the season. Bummer. Ah, but more is in store. While at the tasting there are two other wine reps pouring alongside me. Folks working for distributors I have worked for before but whose regions are a little outside my territory. A conversation strikes up with both and voila, I have two new reps that want to use me. (You know what I mean....)
So this is what? Good luck, Karma, Fate, Kismet? Maybe the ole "good things happen to good people?" Whatever it is, I'll take it. With any luck, my sense of what is to come has been eased a little, and my "Wine Tasting Withdrawal" along with it!