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Wine Blogging Wednesday #54 – A Passion for Piedmont

Most of my life is spent trying to maximize opportunities as they present themselves while I otherwise mitigate risk.

This is the reason I am reasonably entrepreneurial with a risk tolerance for working at start-up’s. Yet, I am over-insured for life, health and disability insurance.

In the same way, I waited until I was 32 to marry, while I spent an inordinate amount of time working – taking opportunity and mitigating risk – controlling what I could control, while minimizing attention to areas full of unknowns.  Hopeful, but circumspect.

The truth eventually reveals itself as it did when I met my wonderful wife.

To be sure, it is a bipolar way to live, but when it comes to wine, I tend to follow that same philosophy of risk-taking vs. risk-aversion, which is why I have a hard time with so many of these internationally themed Wine Blogging Wednesday’s.

Quite simply, in my wine life, I like to mitigate risk.  Precious little bums me out more then pulling the cork on a bottle of wine and not enjoying it.

It’s not unlike my admiration of women.  Show me 10 women from a sidewalk in New York and I have a reasonable confidence that I’ll be able to find at least one attribute that I can appreciate.  Should I go outside of my cultural comfort zone, I’m not sure I can say the same for an equitable sampling of women from places foreign.  Too different, not known, un-quantified.

I offset this self-induced, and admittedly not favorable mental tic by buying mostly domestic wines and if not domestic, they are typically new world.  I just have a higher degree of confidence in new world wines, at an everyday price point, than I do with France, Italy, Germany or elsewhere.

Perhaps this is naïve or xenophobic on my part and in a self-aware bit of neuroticism I offset this known deficiency in my wine worldview by continuing to buy old world just to torture myself. It’s like dating the foreign exchange student, against odds, to see if it feels right. Oy vey.

I am almost to the point where I now believe that $35 is my cover charge for a decent bottle of juice from anywhere across the pond.  And while I have seen God in Barbaresco’s and Barolo’s from Piedmont, Chateauneuf du Pape’s from France, those aren’t $14 dollar wines, either.

This leads me to this month’s edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday hosted by David McDuff from McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail.

The theme is Piedmont and, well, I picked a couple of dog Barbera’s – one from d’Alba and the other a d’Asti, both tasting like strawberry’s marinated in vinegar-laced dishwater with some loose leaf tobacco floating on top.

There is a lesson in this somewhere … perhaps, in my aversion to wine risk, I am not opening myself up to wine opportunity.  In drinking primarily new world, where I can usually find at least one admirable quality akin to the sidewalk in New York, I feel comfortable.

But, alas, as I mentioned, the truth usually reveals itself, someday my risk-aversion to affordable old wine world will slip away, and I too will become a convert looking down my global nose, the lyrics to U2’s “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” will no longer be a soundtrack and will simply fade to legacy relic.  No longer circumspect and just simply hopeful.  It just hasn’t happened yet.


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