|Built in Sub-Zero wine cooler.|
Wine, the magical elixir, its delicate aroma, whether white or red, wafts through our nostrils to luxuriate our senses, our lips gently pursed to accept the first sip, creating the familiar warmth as it slithers down our throats.
Wine has represented a certain sense of comfort to me over the years, often saying, “Hey, let’s go grab a glass of wine.” or “Would you like wine with your dinner,” words I have often expressed to create a sense of comfort for the potential consumer of this centuries old tradition.
When we remodeled our kitchen eight years ago, we added a Sub-zero wine cooler, integrating our cabinet design in its installation. At that point, drinking wine had started not liking me. But somehow, I thought, “it” may “change its mind” if I honored “it” with this fine temperature controlled refrigeration system.
|The drawer opened to some of the red wine in our wine cooler|
Sadly, wine doesn’t agree with me, a quasi wine aficionado such as myself. I read the reviews, the books, attending classes and numerous wine tastings over the years. I subscribed to Wine Spectator Magazine and shopped at liquor stores that posted the ratings.
|A prized bottle of Layer Cake, a fine Shiraz, hard to find at the time.|
Bringing it to my lips, I drew a breath in anticipation of the familiar liquid. It didn’t taste right! Trying again a few minutes later, it still didn’t taste right. I attributed the peculiar flavor sensation to the fact that only days ago, I had anesthesia for surgery. Perhaps those drugs were still in my system affecting my taste buds.
Tossing the glass of wine, I waited to try again several days later, again to be disappointed and confused. Over the next 16 years, I continued to have a sad relationship with wine. Oddly, that surgery had caused me to lose interest in wine.
It will be difficult to avoid tasting the fine wines of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and South Africa. The food, the wine, the ambiance, and the companionship all blend into the utmost of dining pleasure. The exclusion of the wine, however difficult, will ultimately serve me well.
Now tell me, how will we gluten free folks resist the bread and pasta in Italy, the croissants in France and the handmade flat breads in Africa.