I tend to shy away from making personal remarks on this blog, rather preferring to use this site for rating and analyzing wines. However, in recent weeks (and perhaps as I’ve reached a new stage of adulthood), life events and wine have collided in such a way I can’t help but to make some observations or parallels between the two.
A huge part of why wine is so exciting for me is because it is so reflective of the journey of life. Both the product and process represent a cycle of trial and error, a gamble of resources and timing, and (wo)man’s ability to do the most she can with the environment she is given. In other words, to do one’s best to control an uncontrollable force such as nature and the passage of time.
Even the grapevine is itself a symbol of struggle and achievement. Not only does a grapevine need several years to grow before producing quality fruit, its roots also need to dig deep within the earth to gain the right nutrients to yield the best fruit. It’s much like the human need for education and life experience in order to achieve success and reward.
As I increasingly take these ideas into consideration in my assessment and enjoyment of wine, it amplifies my understanding of the end result in the glass and magnifies my appreciation for the producer. So when I come across top-shelf wines such as the iconic single vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernets by Rodney Strong (stay tuned for my next post!), I can’t help but be filled with indomitable optimism and hopefulness for what lies ahead.
A wine has but one year to develop its full potential, from grape to bottle. Us humans on the other hand, we have the privilege of decades to blossom into who we are truly meant to be. This belief compels me to strive to continually move forward in life, to acknowledge but not be fazed by setbacks, and to embrace the spirit of knowing the best is yet to come.