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Why do you like wine ?

On a fishing trip I was introdused to a couple bottles of red wine.That was the turning point for me. It really relaxes me after a hard days work with a nice meal.That's about it for me. So what do you like about it ? Taste,collecting,the expence,other?

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  1. I don't like wine per se.

    I like the way it heightens a meal when properly chosen to compliment the food. I like the variety of wines and the tremendous variety within any growing district because of terroir, different blends, different winemaking methods, vintage variation . . .

    1. I am going to remain a happy wine drinker, a life long beginner student of wine. I don't devote enuf time to learning a good deal; I rely on those who know a good deal...so having said that-I adore wines. The taste, finding a particular bottle that really wows me, reading the wine recommendations, talking to store owners and using wine in my home cooking. Spaghetti braised in red wine is still one of my fav comfort foods. White, red, rose, sparking-the gamut.

      Wine is a friendly sport.

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      1. re: HillJ

        With regard to expense, I have never believed that the price of a glass or bottle of wine fell into some different category than the price of good cheese, good coffee or other fine foods. So I figure, if I'm willing (& able) to pay upwards of $20.00/lb for a French cheese or upwards of $10.00 for a fancy cup of java (or more per lb for beans) wine falls somewhere squarely in that category of enjoyment.

        And over paying for a disappointment falls squarely there too.

        1. re: HillJ

          Tonight we enjoyed poached pears in wine-another reason to like wine!

          1. re: HillJ

            one of the most dead-easy desserts ever, but a poached pear, with the blush from the red wine, is one of the most knock-em-dead desserts I've ever served. Blinding in its simple elegance.

            1. re: sunshine842

              We'll most likely enjoy poached pears again this evening.

            2. re: HillJ

              and don't forget other heavily wine-based dishes like bourgignonne and coq au vin.

              1. re: sunshine842

                Love the mention of the latter.

                I had not been a really big fan (US versions), but just had two variations in the Côte d'Or. Wow, I found out what I had been missing all these years.

                OTOH, I have so very many excuses to consume wines, that it is not funny.

                Hunt

                1. re: sunshine842

                  In addition to the pears, this time we poached apricots and peaches too.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      did you poach them in red or white wine?

                      I make a liqueur from apricots poached in muscat...I would imagine it would make a really spectacular dessert. I'm thinking a little creme fraiche....

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Either actually. I do prefer red because of the bleed but wine works too. I like white for fruited Sangria more tho. As for the creme fraiche, absolutely....or cheese.

            3. It's the same reason that I like food. It pleases the senses, there is a lot to learn which leads to a very expensive hobby and lots of weekend wine tasting trips.

              1. I certainly don't like the expense, but I love the flavor of a great wine, especially when paired well with food. And I love, love, love the smell of a good wine. Sometimes I like studying it while I drink, trying to see if I can taste or smell all the different flavors that are written to describe a wine (most of the time I fail miserably, but it's still fun). Sometimes I just want to drink it and appreciate it without putting thought into it. I enjoy tasting parties, where a small group of us sits at a table with maybe 5-8 different bottles and find the differences and similarities in the wines. I like keeping track of the wines I've had with my own 'yay' or 'nay' tasting notes to help me remember which wines I liked and didn't. I like trying new wines, either varieties that are new to me or from producers or regions I have't tried. And sometimes I just want a glass or two to help me relax.

                1. I like all of it -- the flavor, the endless spectrum of colors and flavors, terroir, the way it changes depending on what you pair with it (or not) --

                  it's as close to alchemy, IMO, as we've managed to find -- taking a grape (and grapes that aren't particularly good to *eat*, by the way) and combining it in such a way that it creates flavors and aromas *other* than grape.

                  I also really like drinking a nice wine and thinking fondly of the winemakers from whom we bought it.

                  1. For me, it is mostly to accompany my food, and I spend a good amount of time pairing. I love it, when things just work well - the food enhances the wine, and the wine enhances the food.

                    Hunt

                    1. Aside from the obvious reasons, the enjoyment I get from the ritual of wine drinking is the anticipation, savoring, and the relaxation. It brings about tranquility, and content when sipping wine.

                      1. I like the social aspect, how wine has led me to some great freinds and introduced me to some wonderful vintners and wineshop staff who, now that I have gotten over myself, have listened and sent me off paths of tastings that I would not have found on my own.

                        I like the buzz.

                        I like the sensory part. The wonderful liquid colours, the feel of a good glass stem, the funky smell of some old bottles that defy all logic after a bit of time in the air and taste ravishing.

                        I like the buzz

                        I like the ridiculous flowery language of wine tasting and the no nonsense and often misleading conceptof number rankings.

                        I like the buzz

                        I like the hunt for the special bottle and the wonder of the unknown bottle found.

                        and of course....

                        1. Besides the thrill of a good pairing as Hunt describes it, I have enjoyed visiting well over 100 (guessing) AVAs in Italy, France and the western U.S. Besides my love of Italian wines, I discovered a fondness for Hunt’s white Burgundies, Chenin Blanc from the Loire, Bordeaux Blanc and northern-Rhone Syrah. Previously, I had a hard time keeping all the French wines straight in my mind and generally avoided them. By visiting the areas of production, I now have few problems understanding what I am buying when I purchase a French wine. Wine shopping is really fun at K&L, Kermit Lynch, etc as I remember the places I’ve visited when I see the wines.

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                          1. re: BN1

                            BN1,

                            I feel that you make a great point about visiting the point of origin for wines. That adds something special to me - touching the soil, talking to the wine makers, seeing the vineyards, and then tasting all their offerings.

                            Even in my somewhat jaded state, I still develop an affinity with many locations and producers, plus their wines. That goes a very, very long way to my personal appreciation.

                            Hunt

                          2. Fruit of the vine. Work of human hands. That's enough, I think.

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                            1. re: kaleokahu

                              Sounds like a good enough reason for me too!

                              Hunt

                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                You left out those heroic little spent yeast cells for without them you would only have welch's grape juice. Now that's enough.

                                1. re: Bkeats

                                  Hi, Bkeats:

                                  *I* didn't leave yeast out. The Church did, I think at a time before it or the rest of humanity knew about yeasts. Even so, it wouldn't be as poetic, would it?

                                  But yes, yeasts are truly miraculous. I wonder over them every time I exterminate native cultures and subject my musts to undead foreign mercenary cloned armies of the little buggers, who fight to the death to make it wine.

                                  Aloha,
                                  Kaleo

                                  1. re: kaleokahu

                                    Gotcha. Yes, much more poetic when you don't have to worry about the byproduct of yeast multiplying. But I am also fascinated by how yeast transform or create so many foods. Wine, beer, bread, cheese, kimchee, scotch. Without those little buggers, life would be so much less interesting.

                                    1. re: Bkeats

                                      No less wondrous are all the bacteria inside all of us, without which we couldn't function...

                              2. Like BN1, I have a great affinity for wines where I have spent time in their region of origin. Which explains my lust for German Franken, Bergstrasse, Rheinegau, RheinePfalz, and Moselles. Add Alsace, Champagne, Chablis, the Loire, and the Rhone. Even the worst Spanish tourist plonk is highly enjoyable based on memories and friendly locals teaching me what is special for their areas. A wonderful afternoon with a knowledgeable waiter tasting a wide variety of sherries in Jerez de la Fonterra.

                                Which is partly to blame for my lack of consumption or knowledge of Bourdeauxs. Too many end of tour parties consuming cases of 80;s and 90's vintages that could not be shipped back to the States. All too young. But next trip over...

                                Wine became a staple after my parents first trip to Europe. "If today is Tuesday, this must be Brussels." I arrived to stay in 1977, thus my intro thanks to a kind wine merchant in my village who started me on 1975 and 1976 vintages, arguably the two finest years of the century for Germany. But I also enjoyed strawberry champagne and Perl wine, at less than a dollar per liter. Perfect for long cuddles on rainy Sunday mornings.

                                So what do I like about wine? The exploration, the memories, how it compliments food. The sharing with others. My go to wine buddies are a former merchant marine now bass guitarist, a former manager of a winery in South Africa, and an engineer that does super secret electronic stuff both here and in Afghanistan. And my budget is far greater with friends than when alone. But as the saying goes, "Life is too short to drink cheap wine."

                                1. Why do I like wine?

                                  I like the way it tastes.

                                  I like the way it makes me feel.

                                  Guilty admission here. My wine bill is often bigger than my grocery bill.

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                                  1. re: Bkeats

                                    Hey, that makes me feel better! Who needs "groceries," if they have the correct wines?

                                    Hunt

                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                      Glad to share the happiness. Us drinkers have to stick together.

                                      1. re: Bkeats

                                        Nothing wrong with that, even if we do not get a "merit badge" for "wine appreciation." Maybe I would have made Eagle Scout, if they DID have a "Wine Appreciation Merit Badge... " Think that I ended up one level below, but that was then, and this is now.

                                        Hunt