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Naked

In fourth grade, fractions were hard for me, until one day when they weren’t.

At some point, with her shrill voice and marmish style, what Mrs. Majewski was saying made sense to me and it all came together.

The world of fractions opened up for me. 

So it goes with our individual ‘a-ha’ moments.

You don’t get it until you get it, no matter how well constructed or swiftly come the explanations.

Most of the time we need a personal, mental diorama to contextualize whatever the situation may be. 

And, of course, my fractions eventually gave way to other things that I grapple(d) with yet do not quite understand.

One of the things that I have had a hard time getting my arms around of late is the natural wine movement.

Sometimes when you see and hear things that are such a counter movement to modern day prevailing wisdom, it is just flat-out difficult to contextualize. 

Grapes.  Air.  Fermentation.  Natural wine—so ardently advocated.

Yeah, I get it, but is that enough to get passionate about?  Is the difference between a wine that is inoculated with yeast versus a wine that starts its fermentation naturally enough to get fired up about?  Especially when natural wine is such a micro-segment of our existing wine culture?

For some it is.

Then, the other day, as I was driving home late after a day spent out of town in meetings, across a stretch of flat, dark highway accompanied by the soft glow of my iPod, I turned up the volume on one of my all-time favorite songs – Naked by the Bodeans.

Best known for the theme song to the TV show “Party of Five,” this hard working regional band from Milwaukee has been playing for over 20 years to a loyal group of fans on the bar and club circuit.

One of their best songs, Naked, helped bring natural wine home to me, the volume cranked to 10, my thoughts my only company.

The premise of the song is the point in time in a relationship when a shared emotional honesty leads to a deeper relationship, down a path to the scary part that makes loving somebody difficult, our vulnerabilities completely exposed.  The opportunity for hurt is great, but the opportunity for greatness is equally so.

Baby, ask me anything that you want
And i’ll look you in the eye now
There can be no surprises
If we mean what we say
I’ve been around the block
And i’ve done some things
That i ain’t so very proud of
Darlin’ help me leave this cloud of
Rolling lonely behind

Naked
I’ll stand naked
If you stand naked with me
I’ll stand naked with you

The song says – I will give myself up, if you do the same.

Suffice to say, in my humble opinion, the ability of people, in relationships, even marriage, to be completely naked, vulnerable, completely open to the risk of hurt is rare.  Yet, the people that are able to tap a vein and reach that part of their being to give and accept love unconditionally, with all of its attendant pitfalls, are the people that live with a sense of purpose, conviction and invincibility.

The key to a healthy relationship, a great relationship, a naked relationship, is honesty, trust, respect and security.

Given that context, what I came to understand is that for people who are deeply connected to the grape, who have a relationship with wine, an engagement with vino in a search for honesty, trust, respect and security, for people that have the capability to love and be loved nakedly, they are the ones that like natural wine.

My own relationship with my wife, like thousands of other married men, is a work in progress.  I often tell her that I think we have the capability to have a relationship that other people talk about and admire, a completely naked relationship, but every day requires work, every day requires an effort to build on and deepen our honesty, trust, respect and security.

Maybe, like my ‘a-ha’ moment with fractions in fourth grade, our relationship, or our aspiration, with our loved ones, a connection to an emotional honesty, trust and respect can be a gateway to understanding the inherent honesty that natural wine represents.

I mostly drink New World wine, the vast majority of it isn’t “naked” wine, but now that I understand it, I’m going to work towards it.

Like our marriages and our life partner relationships, my relationship with wine needs to include a heavier dose of honesty, trust, respect and security, the kind of naked honesty that can be found in the glass, a reflection of our commitment to our relationships and our hope for the kind of authentic transparency that leads to a soaked nirvana stripped of all artifice, the pretension that holds us back from fully realizing the majesty of love and, yes, wine.



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On 03/29, Dylan wrote:

“Yet, the people that are able to tap a vein and reach that part of their being to give and accept love unconditionally, with all of its attendant pitfalls, are the people that live with a sense of purpose, conviction and invincibility.”

I just thought this statement so beautifully captured the intent of the entire post. It’s true of a relationship with anything. Unless you’re willing to expose yourself and risk being criticized or hurt, you can never progress it further. That’s what makes any pursuit of a particular art more than a test of talent. It’s a test of the resiliency of the human spirit.

On 03/29, mydailywine wrote:

As you know, I have a deep interest in the natural wine movement. But I only started to explore this niche during the past two years. I have been a wine lover and wine professional for over 12 years.
This has coincided with a growing desire to eat chemical free foods as well.
But only part of the attraction is the chemical free grapegrowing aspect. I am undeniably drawn to the mystique, authenticity and the passion of natural winemakers and their wine as well.

On 08/01, smart5978 wrote:

This has coincided with a growing desire to eat chemical free foods as well.

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As you know, I have a deep interest in the natural wine movement.

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