Hey there Getaway Family,
I can’t believe that August is almost over -- NVJG 2014 seems like just yesterday! Since returning to “normal life” after NVJG 2014, I’ve found it increasingly obvious that I’m becoming a bit of a wine snob. It’s an occupational hazard (working with this festival) to be around premium product, and my palette is starting to notice. Over the weekend, my friend brought over a bottle of Pinot Noir and a bottle of Zinfandel to share with a group of us while we watched some exceptionally terrible movies (good wine + bad movies = lots of laughs). As we opened the bottles, I poured a taste for each for us. My friend asked the natural question:
“They’re both reds. What’s the difference?”
I proceeded to describe the wine itself (this Pinot being much thinner than the Zin in color and tannins) and said something about Pinots not being as intense as Zins.
She sort of stared back at me like I was speaking French.
Then she asked, “Can I go wine tasting with you?”
I just had to laugh. One because I probably sounded pretty pretentious in that moment, and two because of just how much my wine education has been shaped by this festival over the past couple years. One of my favorite things about NVJG is how much I learn about wine, and I love being able to bring that knowledge back with me and add a little NVJG to the everyday. For example, I recently bought a bottle of Black Stallion Cab for a family member as a thank you gift, and it was really special to be able to share that this was the wine we served at the Welcome Dinner back in June. Needless to say, she thought it was delicious.
So in these months when we aren’t in Napa, I hope you also have these little tidbits of NVJG to hold you over until next summer. It may seem far away right now, but it’ll be here before you know it.