This is not about working out. And it’s not about doing the “cleanse” that is so popular or paying for a membership at the Bikram yoga studio. My Perfect New Year Resolution is this: I resolve to experience a new wine every month. I am up for the challenge (and the rules are pretty loose) – this can mean a varietal I’m not really familiar with, or a wine from a region from which I don’t normally buy the wines, or a particular style or approach to winemaking that is new to me, or a wine that is just different, or maybe something from off the beaten track. I think this is a heck of a way to end up with a mixed case of new wine experiences.
This is one resolution that I know I can keep – how about you?
Over the years I’ve tried to be open to finding as many different wine experiences as I can. And one of the things that enamors me most about wine is its almost infinite variety. So here are my resolution sips and each month I’ll share them with you:
- January – starting the year off with a journey south and an exploration of Carmenere from Chile
- February – means something for my Valentine and this year we’ll celebrate with Sparkling Shiraz from Australia
- March – as we look forward to spring in the northern hemisphere they are picking grapes in New Zealand so I think we’ll try some of the Cabernet and Merlot from the North Island
- April – makes me think of the song April in Paris so let’s head to France. Hmmm, how about some of the lovely whites of Alsace?
- May – we drink a lot of Italian wine at our place but there’s still a lot of Italy to sip into. So let’s hop over to the island of Sardinia and see what we find
- June – let’s stay in the Mediterranean and sail on to Greece. They’ve only been making wine there since Homer was a boy!
- July – time for the 4th of July and some wine from Jefferson’s home state, Virginia
- August – did you know that Spain is the 3rd largest wine producing country in the world with more wine than the US and Australia combined? That’s a lot of wine to experience so we’d better get on it. Hint: following the footsteps of Don Quixote
- September – crush time begins in California and what better time to step off the beaten path and take in some wine from places outside of Napa and Sonoma
- October – the Danube flows through and separates the cities of Buda and Pest – but not the amazing wines of Hungary
- November – when I visit Mexico I drink local. Not tequila, but tasty wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja.
- December – down at the tip of South Africa there’s a wine with a unique heritage to uncover
Stay tuned and keep sipping!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!