Pick up any newspaper these days (or more likely, check out their website) and you'll be inundated with news clips, editorials and the like about a myriad of things, although a great deal has to do with politics or societal issues.
As a wine blogger, I don't think I have as much material to draw from as compared to the above issues. In fact, I sometimes sit for hours (good thing I'm retired and can do that) to try and come up with ideas and topics on which to report and to blog.
All the talk about the Alt Right or the Alt Left. About the only Alt I have any contact with is the Alt key on my computer keyboard! Now I didn't say I don't keep up with the issues, I do. I'm just bringing it up as there would be so much more to write about if I wasn't writing about wine.
Then I got to thinking (as always; dangerous). Could any of these politically charged issues be commingled with the wine biz to create some of my own scathing editorials?
The first one has to be the use of migrant workers who come into the country to help with the harvest. Oh boy, there has to be a big story there! Wait, if they didn't come to help out, the grapes might not get picked. The wine wouldn't get made. That's bad for wine! Ergo, bad for this blog.
Okay, ecology. That's a perfect storm if I ever saw one. No; more and more wineries are becoming sustainable, organic or even biodynamic. Maybe not much to talk about there either.
Oh, Oh! Wine is an alcoholic beverage. That can't be good for you. Darn, just finished reading another article about how moderate drinking might prove to lessen the onset of Alzheimer's. Not to mention the slew of articles talking about how it could help with cardio, lung function and even cholesterol.
Last chance. All that glass from bottles. That has to be another ecological disaster. Wait, isn't glass recyclable? Of course it is. Corks? That comes from trees. Now we have screw caps.
Heck, even when I disagree with others reviews on wine, I'm not going to stage a protest. No, I'm just going to state my opinion. We're all different and we all taste wine differently as well.
Seems like there just isn't as much about the wine business to enrage the masses as there is in other areas. On the other hand, I don't have to worry about folks waving banners outside my house complaining how I malign bad wines and/or winemakers.
In the final outcome, I guess I have lots of time to think about what I want to write about without having to delve into the seedy side of wine. Get it? Seedy; wines have seeds....
As a footnote and disclaimer, remember this is supposed to be funny and a little bit of trying to make fun of current events. I stress "supposed to" and "trying" in the previous sentence. As for the health benefits thing, I suggest you read the reports for yourself. I can't affirm the reports that have made those claims and I don't recommend starting to drink wine for those potential benefits they claim. How many times have we heard about this or that at one time being bad for us and then the next, it's good for us. Since I drink anyway, it's just nice to know that there could be some potential good from it.