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Wine as a Backdrop

Recently, Gabriella has been writing simply for the love of writing itself, a very welcomed trend considering the amount of talent that seems crammed into her tiny pint-sized frame. I bring this up, because a few days ago, she presented a piece that not only left me speechless, but pulled at my heartstrings. Though not unexpected, it was a story that I felt needed to be shared.

As you know we at Catavino try to remain focused on Iberian wine, with the occasional foray into other countries and events, but beyond Spain and Portugal, our goal is simply to educate and entertain. At the same time, we feel a story should reflect reality, the raw truth of everyday life, but that’s not always easy to convey.

A very intense debate has been brewing on various blogs across the internet that condem, or support, the “points” system. For us, points mean very little, and we will never defend their use. But at the same time, we haven’t presented a coherent counterargument against points either – partly because we don’t feel it’s worth our time and partly because we’re cognizant that “points” will continue to sell wine. All that said, we are not your typical wine geeks. For us, the label only means as much as the story behind it. If there is no story, it might simply be the social lubricant we are applying to the current situation which makes it special.

Wine is a backdrop to our lives. And like any good backdrop, it sometimes comes into intense focus, but often, it just helps to set the mood. Good wine can lay out a tapestry of emotions or simply soften the foreground. For us, it’s part of everyday life, not something we see as a destination to visit occasionally. When we buy wine, it is generally because of who made it or an experience we’ve had with it. Occasionally, it’s bought to pair with a specific food, but rarely is bought without a conversation with a retailer, sommelier or someone who can give us a reason to drink it. We like the story.

That said, there is one other time we buy wine: to comfort. A bottle of wine on a rainy day, or when life seems to be crashing in upon you, can provide a blanket of safety and comfort. I say this now because later today, and in the coming weeks, we’re going to be posting some stories here which might not immediately fit into your idea of what a wine blog is about. Truth be told, we’re not sure what a wine blog “should be” about. What we hope though is that the stories we share further enforce our belief that wine can play an important role in giving ones life a richer texture.

If you have a story to share, one that is not about the wine specifically, but rather about life with a bottle sitting nearby, share it with us. Send us your story, and if we sense a good fit, we’ll post it on Catavino.

Cheers,

Ryan

 

  • Viticulturist

    Love your atypical “wine geekness”. It’s a refreshing change from the pseudo-snobbery that so many wine blogs seem to be about. Kudos!

    • http://www.catavino.net Ryan Opaz

      Thanks!