Wine & Me

Vineyard Select Wine BasketIn the past several years,  I’ve noticed how I feel and think about wine has totally changed. When I first starting drinking wine in my early 20’s, my husband and I would go to the store, find the cheapest, biggest jug of wine we could find, and then feel all super classy while drinking it…ha ha!! So funny how time and experience changes things!

Fast forward a few years and a kid later. I am older. I am wiser. I graduate to white zinfandel. I know what you’re thinking, but I really had no idea how big the wine world really was. All I cared about was taste and price. Granted, it was a bit more ‘expensive’ than my jug o’ wine, but it was cheap enough for me.

Then I became pregnant with my daughter. So I forgot about wine. I was so focused on the kids, that wine didn’t come back into my life for a few years. Once it did, I realized I wanted to expand my horizons. I wanted to know the difference in a chardonnay and a cabernet, and why were people in the wine world so weird about it? Tannins? Complex? Legs?! What did all this wine lingo mean?

I started out gradually…I found a white wine I love, a riesling. It’s light, it’s sweet, it’s refreshing. I started going to wine tastings. Found out I actually like red wine – ME. It can definitely be an acquired taste. I found I love a good shiraz, and even a nice Oregon pinot noir. What really surprised me the most was my new favorite choice – chardonnay. Back in my early 20’s, I remember taking a sip of this wine and thinking, who in their right mind would think this is good? Well, I do now!

Needless to say, I have enjoyed my wine journey. I’ve learned a ton of new things, and I’ve learned my mother was right – just because you don’t like something now, doesn’t mean you won’t like it later. Working here at GiftTree has also helped me gain so much knowledge in wine. In fact, we recently had a wine tasting with our designer, and got to try the awesome wines that we sell in our wine gift baskets. I love my job! Cheers!

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  1. Yikes! My story is similar to yours or at least we have a lot in common. I’ve lived in Northern California’s wine country for over 30 years. As a college student in the early 1970s I would visit the wineries with friends because it was a fun experience, not because I appreciated the fine wines. In fact, I thought it was “just agriculture land” and not much action unless a slow tractor is your speed.

    A jug wine was the way to go. The choices were simple too: Burgundy, Chablis and Rose. To go first class we got a craffe. Fast forward. When two buck Chuck was introduced I bought a whole case. Wow, wine in a real bottle with a cork too. Then I graduated to white zin. After I swore I would never drink it again I changed.

    My son had grown up and we visited Napa Valley with a different point of view, plus my budget was bigger. I loved all of it and could not come back often enough. This was the way I liked wine. At the same time my food preferences expanded greatly and I’m still experimenting with great wines from all over the map.

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