*So said one of the greatest characters of all time, Tyrion Lannister…inspirational in so many ways*. Well the drinking wine part I have down pat (I am particularly awesome at drinking) …the knowing things? Not so much (about wine at least). Don’t get me wrong, I am quite discerning when it comes to my wine drinking … It must be red, or white, or bubbly..or a combination of any or all of the above (sparkling rose? don’t mind if I do), and lots of it…regularly. I have a problem though with figuring out what I like about a particular wine, and an inability to articulate the reasons. My assessment of wines generally does not go much beyond “mmm… yum… more please” or “ugh… tastes like vinegar… more please”.
So I have set myself a mission on this trip around one the finest wine making nations on the planet. I want to learn more about wine but…and here is the tricky bit…without being a wanker (and I am (was) a lawyer, so doubly tough in the non-wanker ambitions). There are plenty of wine experts out there who really know their stuff – and I really wish I knew all that stuff…but most of the time I can barely understand a word they’re saying, or a smell they’re sniffing. When I smell a wine, I cannot possibly tell berries from plums, from sheep’s wool, from hay and sunshine, from tabasco, from “overtones of pencil shavings and graphite”. Yes – that is an actual description that a charmingly earnest young wine waiter in a uber trendy laneway Melbourne bar gave while trying to convince us of the merits of his selection. (By the way, the syrah was de-lish but my unsophisticated and unknowledgeable schnoz failed to detect any office supply aromas whatsoever).
What I lack in sophistication I make up for in enthusiasm. And, what I can tell is if I give a wine a thumbs up or thumbs down…and really isn’t that the most important thing? Plus I know what I like to guzzle mid-week with some takeaway, what I would bring (show off) to a bbq, and what I would save for special occasions (Thursday through Sunday tend to be pretty special occasions for me). Does it really matter if it’s $200 or $10, has legs (one day I will understand what that means), or hints of flint, jacaranda and possum tears…we like what we like, when we like it.
I have been recently inspired by “The Wine Show” where two British actors (Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode) who know very little about wine, get to slurp their way around Italy** and manage to talk about wine in a way that is not even remotely annoying (and plus every time Matthew Goode looks straight at the camera with those twinkly eyes I feel like he is looking straight at me, and it’s not just the wine that I drink to accompany this glorious show that’s making my cheeks go red***…ah, what? wine? ok, ok). So these two regular guys / famous highly paid actors have bizarrely given me hope that it just may be possible for real people to talk about, and appreciate wine ….and not be tossers (only time will tell if the same is possible for a (former) lawyer). And Matthew Goode – anytime you want to have a chat about vino, just let me know…☺️
So, to quote another one of my faves “Much to learn I have”. Here is to my vino-padawan, entirely selfless mission to find good wine and cut through some of the wanker-isms …on your marks, get set, drink!!
*Well, more in the witty one liners that could go on t-shirts kind of way, and less in the harpooning your father on the dunny kind of way (Great scene – but not a particular aspiration)
***Yes, it’s true…sorry hubby, and sorry ridiculously beautiful Mrs Goode… but he and I have a thing. We do. I can feel it through the airwaves…