Everything you ever did. Everything you ever ate, or smelled, or tasted, or wore, or drove – you once did for the first time ever. You didn’t know if you’d like it or not, but you took a chance. Just like the first person who ever thought of opening an oyster and eating whatever was in there, you took a chance. Taking chances is what makes life exciting. Maybe you’re not into risk enough to skydive or swim with sharks; but if you’re totally through trying new things, why get out of the bed every morning? There’s a whole world out there of things you haven’t experienced yet, so why wouldn’t you? You might just learn something about life on earth. Or better yet, about yourself.
I know that the familiar can be very comforting. I know that sometimes you’re just in the mood to fall into an easy and thoughtless pattern that gives life some constancy. But if that’s all there is to it, then your days can slip by much faster than you realize.
If you want to shake things up a bit when it comes to wine, just ask us. We love Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and even the occasional Pinot Noir at Wine Market. But we would sure hate it if that’s all we were allowed to drink for the rest of our lives. How boring! When there are so many other terrific wines made around the world from other varieties, we wouldn’t want to miss out on all the other great stuff. And when you aren’t buying the same wines that everybody and their uncle are buying, you usually get more for your money.
Here are a few ideas for alternatives to some of the same old-same old:
If you like Cabernet: Try a Sangiovese from Tuscany, especially Maremma. The wines have a similar ripe black cherry fruit quality. And I know that Merlot is a bit out of fashion, but for that very reason, they outperform Cabernet dollar for dollar on a pretty consistent basis.
If you like Chardonnay: Try a Pinot Gris from Oregon. They have a richness of texture like Chardonnay, with a bit more peach and citrus on the nose and front palate. Also, there are amazing Semillon wines from Australia and Washington that are great values with a creamy mouthfeel that Chardonnay-lovers prize.
If you like Pinot Noir: Oh man. Please (we beg of you) try a Cru Beaujolais, a Barbera, or a Grenache. All three give beautiful strawberry, raspberry, and plum fruit over light- to medium-bodied wines and tangy acidity, like good Pinot Noir should. But since they aren’t over-hunted, they drink like Pinot Noir at twice their price.
Every member of our staff would love to spend some time talking to you about the vast diversity of wines available on our shelves, and help you discover something new and enjoyable. Come see us!