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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.