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My Wine Obsession

Arrington Vineyards tasting room

Arrington Vineyards tasting room

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
— Benjamin Franklin

I have an unabashed love for wine. I made my parents take me to a winery (Arrington Vineyards near Nashville, TN: highly recommended) over Christmas break 2008/09. I made them buy me three wine encyclopedias for that Christmas (Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly, Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson and World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson). And my dad even bought me unsolicited wine accessories as companions for the encyclopedias (The Rabbit and Houdini…both awesome gifts).

Drinking wine just soothes the soul, I believe. Nothing tops off a celebration, accentuates a great meal or embraces the beauty of conversation quite like a good glass of wine. And as all of these thoughts swirl (pun intended) around in my head, I wonder, “What would it take to get my foot in the door of the American/international wine industry?” Sure, I can go to all the tastings I want at Gosford Wine; I can purchase and drink as much wine as I care to; I can even take tasting notes on all of these different wines. But how would I go about bridging the gap between this and an actual lifestyle around wine and the industry? If you have any suggestions or know someone with connections, PLEASE get in touch with me! I’d love to talk!

So over the next few months (or however long I decide to keep it up), I’ll try to upload some tasting notes about the various wine purchases I make. My mom bought me a handy pocket-sized wine tasting notebook (similar to, but not nearly as fancy as this one), so I should be able to log everything while I drink. And maybe, by posting these for all (whoever actually reads this) to see, I can convert a few people to the glories of wine.

May your glasses stay ready
Your plates full of cheese
Your conversations lively
And your hearts well at ease
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Tonn permalink
    January 16, 2009 8:33 pm

    Great blog! And thanks for the kudos on gifts. You did not “make us” go to Arrington, for the record…

    I pray that you do find your passion, and that it includes gainful employment and financial self-sufficiency. As long as it’s ethical and legal. Manage your risk!

    You are the most introspective “guy” I know, especially in the South.


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