I haven't posted anything in a long time. Part of the reason is that we are all creatures of habit. Once upon a time, I was in the habit of posting virtually every day. It was simply part of the day's routine. Unfortunately, routine described most of what I posted. To anyone who read the stories of "I tried a new rosé last night...it had floral aromas and flavors of watermelon and strawberry" my sympathy (and thanks for slogging through it). So I decided to only post when I had something to say. The problem is, I got out of the habit. That's one reason.
But the more interesting reason is that I think I let myself get a little intimidated. Just as I would get ready to post something about an interesting wine or an interesting wine experience, I'd read about the exploits of some wine friend or other. And the wines would be stunning. There'd be a Leroy Musigny here and a Roumier Les Amoureuses there...and my new pinot find seemed pretty ordinary. But that's 100% WRONG!
It WAS an exciting new find. And people might want to know why I found it so interesting. It's wonderful that some friends can afford Leroy and Roumier (or 1970 Vega Sicilia Unico--last night's gem). And if they want to write about it, I'd be happy to read it. But most people can't afford Leroy or Roumier any more than I can. But they might be able to afford that pinot.
Most of us who are grown up (or as grown up as we're ever going to be) are well past worrying about what car is in our neighbor's driveway. I buy what I want; Wine is perhaps a little different. Knowing what's open on my neighbor's table is often interesting because there is so much wine out there I might learn about some new discovery I'd be interested in trying. But that does NOT mean that I should in any way enjoy my wine less. My pursuit is for wines that I find interesting.
And I'd like to think that the wines I'm drinking would bring a smile to most wine lovers. They might put the wine in a different category than I would. My special occasion wines might be their Saturday night wines or even weeknight wines...but good wine is good wine and should still be appreciated.
So I'll be writing again. Anytime I feel like I have something to say. And I won't be worrying about whether the wines I write about dazzle anyone else. I'll only be worrying about whether the dazzle me.