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Why I Write about Wine
By L.M. Archer, FWS
“It’s a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you’ll be amused by its
presumption.” – James Thurber
Lately, I’ve been asking myself why I write about wine.
Probably because I’ve been on the road a lot lately to various wine regions, talking to a lot of people.
My focus tends towards terroir, the people who tend the vines, and those who make the wines.
I try not to take wine too seriously, but I do care deeply about the people and wine regions I visit.
I write about wine because I think that some people hunger to connect with something deeper
than a 140-character tweet about what wine pairs well with Wagyu beef.
I write about wine because I think some people thirst to read about people
with dreams and aspirations,
fears and frustrations –
just like them.
But, unlike them,
people who have taken
a leap of faith
to follow those dreams,
despite their fears.
Dreams involving wine –
the red thread
that binds us all –
I know I do.
I write about wine because I think people yearn for a dose of real-life heroes –
antidotes to real-life TV with talk-show chasers.
Writing about wine – it’s been a learning curve.
Understanding that there is no such thing as a free sample.
Or event invite.
Writing about wine, I’ve made mistakes along the way.
And a few typos.
I’ve learned that
I’m a taster, not a drinker.
A listener, not a schmoozer.
That I value long-term relationships, not short-term soundbites.
That typos are correctable,
But not first impressions.
Some cringe-worthy stories there – stories for future posts…
Just not today…
Today I wanted to share why I write about wine…
why I choose to write about wine…
why I want to write about wine.
What about you, dear reader? Thoughts? Feel free to leave your comments below.
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