| Save Me From Myself!!!
You know, once upon a time, I was walking into Tower Records on Bay and Columbus, and as I grabbed the door, out came Carlos Santana. He was as cool as ever and we greeted each other and that was that. I did happen to notice that he must have had around 12-15 CD’s in a bag. I thought, “Wow! Wouldn’t it have been cool to have been here a couple of minutes earlier to see what Carlos buys for himself!” Well, perhaps it’s a lofty analogy comparing my interpretations of wine with Carlos’ of music, but I do taste a lot of wine. It may be a slight breach of etiquette, but I thought I would share a little secret with y’all, and let you know what I’ve been bringing home for myself.
Having been on the customer side for many years, I must admit that I have multiple personalities when it comes to buying wine for my own personal consumption. Sometimes I want to just keep quiet and take a shot on something I don’t know anything about (That’s usually my approach when it comes to films or books, because there is something alluring about that element of surprise, but oh, I’m off the subject, sorry). Sometimes I need to know the skinny on what I’m drinking and make educated selections, and sometimes I solicit advice from someone who has actually tasted the wines (Best way to go). That being said, I have observed these personality types and more in our customers, so I don’t feel so bad. Chances are, if you’ve come in as the “I’ll just ask him what he thinks is good and buy that” type of customer, and you were looking for a satisfying, drinkable 2005 red Burgundy, I would have probably made a squinchy face, bit my lip, and reluctantly led you to the 2005 Bourgogne rouge from Chauvenet-Chopin. You see, for some time now, these have been my little babies. My associates here are aware of this, but nothing is spoken about it. You see, we all have our little pet wines, and it’s rude to dip into a co-worker’s personal stash. That being said, I, of sound mind (I think), am asking you all to save me from myself and try my go-to, pet red Burgundy! Talk about solid old-world Pinot Noir for the right price! I’ve been casually grabbing a bottle here, a bottle there, because they’re sooooo good and they pair so well with a wide variety of food. The downside is, my invoices here are stacking up, and I’m supposed to be trying different wines anyway.
I’ve been called a creature of habit, as I tend to stick to something if it works. Like this wine. Problem is, it’s affecting my job performance! I need to sample the new Santa Duc Gigondas, the new D’or et de Gueles Rouge Select, and the recently released Mure grand crus from Alsace, just to name a few. I’m getting really backed up on what I need to taste, because it’s just so easy to grab one of these instead. We don’t have all that much of it left, so my please accept my apologies if it sells out early. But that’s my goal here. I need help removing the temptation so I can get on with my work. This falls into the it’s good for everybody category. So, fully knowing that I will not get to enjoy this lovely wine any more, I am letting you all in on my little secret. Just so you know, I have a bottle on my dining room table as I write this, and I will definitely bring two more bottles with me when I leave the shop today. But that’s it, scout’s honor!. – Peter Zavialoff