Before my awakening, whenever the subject of wine would come up, I would tend to scoff at what seemed to be pretense and downright arrogance. Can you really detect hints of cherry, plum, leather or tobacco in that bottle of red? And if I did taste it, do I want my beverage to taste like fresh mown hay?
Most of us are critical of what we do not understand. It’s easy to dismiss something when we don’t see the full picture. This is what I did with wine and those who were captivated by it.
Then I realized that the wine snob is really no different than the rabid Husker fan.
It’s especially evident this time of year. The smell of sweat and pigskin permeates the late summer air like 98% humidity. This alone is a reminder that the crushing sound of pads smacking, the sea of Red, and Jim Rose’s color comments are right around the corner. For the true fan, this is what you live for.
I’m always amazed at how long people on talk radio can go on and on about football (or any subject for that matter). The intimate knowledge of the program, players, coaches, offensive and defensive schemes, and past seasons make my head spin. I’m lucky if I could tell you a jersey number of a particular player. But I know there are guys who know shoe sizes of the down linemen.
Is there any difference in the fan who knows the best vintage from the Bordeaux region and the guy who can tell you the score of every game of every Husker season since he was born?
Be it football or wine, complexity begs to be broken down, understood and explained. With this perspective, there will always be something new to learn and discover. A passion for knowledge is limitless, be it Husker tradition or Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you’re new to wine, let us help introduce you to a new world of beauty to enjoy. We want to remove the intimidation factor and make it more accessible. We don’t consider ourselves experts, but learners like you. This way we’ll both get excited when we find out something new.