No More Snorting Cabernet
I’ve been a "serious wine drinker" now for going on 20 years. And the other day was the first time I did something I should have started doing 20 years ago:
I asked the waiter for a second, empty wine glass to pour half the wine from the FULL wine glass into.
Can I describe the bizarre look of shock and lack of understanding I encountered on the waiters face as he tried to register what I was asking for?
Why it has taken this long to take this simple step I can not say. However, one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year will be to always ask for a second glass whenever a server brings me a glass of wine that is filled to the brim with wine, leaving no room to swirl and sniff without splashing my wife and friends or snorting Cabernet up my nose.
There are a number good reasons to serve wine in a glass that allows swirling and the mix of air into the wine. The most important reason is simply that for a wine to truly release its aromas it must mix with air. You must swirl it, decant it, something it. And you can’t do that in a glass that is filled to the brim.
I’ve always been an "aroma whore" when it comes to wine. More often than not I’m more taken with the aroma and more attracted intellectually and sensually to the aroma of wine than I am to the texture and flavor. It happens about 30% of the time I calculated that a full wine glass in a restaurant prevents me from pursuing my aroma fetish. I never demanded the second glass, I guess, because I figured why deal with an explanation to the waiter? Why deal with what might be presumed to be "showing off" to those guests who don’t know me? That second guessing is over. Life is too short.
Why it took this long get here is beyond me. Long ago I overcame a reluctance to ask for hard butter in a restaurant. There are two types of people in this world: hard butter and soft butter people. I like mine hard and whenever the butter is brought to the table soft now, I request hard butter. Well, now I’ll have my hard butter ALONG WITH my aroma-accessible wine when I sit and eat at restaurants.
ADVICE FOR THE DAY: Don’t wait to ask for what you want. Life is short