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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wine Not?

Wine drinkers used to be the biggest snoots on the planet.  They would yap on and on about how this wine tasted pleasantly of oak or that one of sawdust, or this one had notes of spice or burnt leaves or whatever.  And what's this with wine having notes?  Are they drinking or listening to it?

Lately, however, they've become much more broadminded.  There is no varietal that is inherently better than another, they say.  Don't worry about what others think.  The idea is to drink a lot of wine and discover what you like.  It's all a matter of taste.  Some people prefer the robust flavor of an Argentinian Malbec.  Others like Boone's Farm Blackberry.  Find what suits your palette.

I like this approach, especially the part about drinking a lot of wine, and I applaud the International Brotherhood of Wine Drinkers, or whoever the governing body is, for their advanced views.  Now if only this attitude could spread to other areas of our culture.

For example clothes.  Why can't we apply our attitudes about wine to clothes?  Try on a lot of clothes, as many as you can.  Wear a tuxedo, some overalls, a cowboy costume.  Dress in a gorilla suit for a day, see what you think of it.  Try on a kilt, you might be surprised.  The idea is to find what you like.  And sure, some people like wearing starched button-down shirts and neckties, nothing wrong with that. But maybe you prefer just wearing your boxer shorts and an old tee-shirt with a ketchup stain.  If you're afraid to wear your favorite clothes just because of what people might think - your wife, the neighbors, the cops - you're short-changing yourself of the whole pleasure of getting dressed.  Wake up in the morning and put on your favorite and most comfortable shoes.  And that's it.  It's all up to you.

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