|An annual rebirth in Spring!|
|Good soldiers of a Good Weekend|
|Zinfandel in bud|
A few sunny days following, we sat on the garden deck with a bottle of chilled Loire chenin blanc over a mixed green salad of poached ginger chicken decorated with fruits and nuts. Bright, youthful acidity carried melon and stone fruit notes across the palate in a viscous, round stream, and finished tart, but dry. The acid from our salad then shrouded the wines body, offering a different personality that was dominated by citrus and mineral characteristics, yet still round and lengthy on the palate. Loire Valley chenin blanc can be among the world's most age-worthy white wines I remembered. And, at that moment I was reminded that we create rich, important memories all the time. Some last a lifetime.
Once again disappointing results of my recent exam with the Society of Wine Educators were announced, and I had an extended self-deprecating moment, that moral malaise of attempting to assess the value in what I am attempting to do. Candidly, it has been years of wine study, working low paying hospitality jobs, and receiving the unconditional support of those closest to me, all fueled by my passion for making wine memories. Stepping back, it was necessary to examine what I do and what the eventual professional pay off might be for an independent educator.
In truth, I teach about wine almost everyday, and my wine passion has not diminished. In this Spring, surrounded by the promise of a renewed cycle, there is a great opportunity for a new commitment. Here was another chance to invest in the creation of new memories that can be recounted and shared in the not too distant future. It is a chance to produce something impressive, but I may just have to be more creative and renew my dedication, I reasoned. Perhaps the Spring is the season of reminders as well as promise!
Raise a glass to our futures! Cheers!!