The more I learn about wine, the more apparent it becomes that I still have so much to learn. While this lesson applies to any field of study, it is still humbling and surprising when it happens to you. This week I learned two lessons about wine that put me in my place but definitely increased my motivation to push forward.
The first lesson came after a delightful post from one of my favorite bloggers, The Blissful Adventurer. He wrote a piece about pairing an Italian red blend with leftover Chinese food. The post was great and I made a comment about how I thought it was funny that he would pair the lovely Ettore Germano wine with leftovers. His reply was that he does not experiment with meals that he spends time preparing and instead saves the interesting pairing experiences for more effortless dishes. This really made me think, as I have spent hours making dinners that I paired with unknown wines and ended up disappointed. Had I played it safe and chosen a wine that I knew would pair well, the meal would likely have been more enjoyable. This lesson will change how I experiment with wine pairing from now on. Continue reading