Thursday, March 12, 2009

Forget the stars , drink wine that you like

My Grandpa used to say that you never save or diet on holiday and that life is too short to drink bad wine.

This is so true because we are living live at an enormous pace and when we eventually have the time to sit down and relax, it is time to treat yourself. Maybe treat is not the right word but what I mean is that when we are in our we-time mood (me-time) , it is not the time to drink wine that you do not like.

The problem is that when we order a wine at a restaurant our first question is: “What is the Platter number for the wine”. Referring to the star ratings from the John Platter Wine Guide (SA wine guide).

Wine guide scores have influenced the preferences and the thinking of the wine loving people (and the industry) for as long as I can remember.

It is time to appreciate wine according to your own preferences, rating scale and perceptions and not on the points, scores or opinions of others.

One must be realistic about the price you are willing (able) to pay for your wine. The ration between perceived value and the price are aspects that are unique and individual by nature. This implies that you must get wine that is of the quality and enjoyment level that you want but still within your price range. Do not go for wines, that you perceive as, great but to expensive or affordable but not enjoyable.

So listen to my Grandpa and live life a little.

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