On Bulls’ Penises and Wine Inspirations
As I watched my new puppy happily and with no reservations gnaw on the first dried bull's penis ever presented to her, it occurred to me that perhaps I've gotten into a rut with my drinking of late and not taken advantage of the wide variety of options wine drinkers now posses.
My drinking habits tend to flow between Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and, where wine is concerned, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Rhone or Rhone-style wines. This collection of drinks has been my mainstay for a few yeas now. I drink them because this is what I know for a fact that I'll like and therefore no risk is involved.
I wonder if this aversion to risk where drinking is concerned is a function of age and experience and is common among older drinker. Or is it just a rut that that I've fallen into?
In the past, I've always tended to attack new wine possibilities by diving in deep. Austrian Riesling and Gruners were my last discovery that led me to try many of these citrusy, minerally gems. But that deep dive happened a good 3 years ago. Since then I've not delved into anything particularly new.
So, again inspired by the site of a small Italian Greyhound nibbling on dried bull's penis, I started to take an inventory of those wines I need ("Want", really) to investigate for the sake of my own curiosity, for the sake of future pleasure and for the sake of not being out done in the "Dietary Adventure" area by a 5 month old puppy.
Wines Tom Has Committed to Fully Investigating:
•10 to 15 year-old Bordeaux
•The Wines of Jerez
•Wines of Michigan
•California Artisan Merlot
It's a small list, but I think these are all good places for me to start to reclaim the sense of adventure that I've not embraced with wine for a good while now. These are all categories of wines that I've tried only a few times but recall being very happy with. So now it's about learning much more about them, figuring them out, diving in to them.
Anyone with any suggestions for wines that I need to try that fall into these categories, by all means put them in the comments. Show me where you think I should start…or end.
I'm feeling grateful now for the puppy's willingness to dig into that dried bull's penis. And I'm constantly amazed at what can lead to inspiration.