I have written before about how wines affect our lives. In today’s blog I want to talk about the culture of wine and what wine means to us in society.
Before we get too far, let us define the word culture. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has several definitions of culture, which are: “The customary beliefs, social forms and material traits of a racial, religious or social group. The characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time.” The definition also says: “Enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.” And finally: “Acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities and broad aspects of science, as distinguished from vocational and technical skills.”
For over 3,000 years wine has evolved as an important part of most societies. Today wine is often seen as a symbol of a good life. But the role of wine has evolved over time. Once wine was a critical source of nutrition. Along the way people actually started to enjoy the taste of wine. Today so many people classify themselves as wine lovers because they love to entertain and wine allows them to gather and share an experience with others who enjoy the same types of experiences. For some reason, with wine we often feel more formal and fancy.
What are the finer things in life?
How do you personally define what the finer things in life are? Are they physical items of extravagance and sophistication that you own? Or are they special memories from your life that inspire you? Personally, I believe they are both. When I think back about some of the special moments I have enjoyed, especially with friends, wine has usually been a part of those moments. Mrs. Tiedemann and I host two to three wine dinners a month and we have been able to build some very special relationships from these wine dinners.
My opinion is that each person decides how important or how much of an influence wine has in his or her life. I also believe wine does not have to be really expensive for you to have a great experience or good time. I have had several opportunities to taste very expensive wines, with good friends, and yes it was a pleasure. I have also had the same experiences with friends when the wine is much less expensive.
For many of us, certainly in my life, wine unifies – bringing friends and family together to enjoy life to its fullest. We are fortunate to have some of the best winemakers in the world throughout the United States. Having now been involved in winemaking for over 10 years, I can tell you that all of us strive to make the best wines we can year after year. We understand how important it is to keep improving wine’s culture which we hope will allow you to make more memories with your family and friends.
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Look Forward To These Happy Things:
Upcoming LEX 530 Events!
LEX 530 Wine & Dinner Club Dinner – August Date TBD
Oktoberfest Dinner – Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – with Elkhart’s Iechyd Da Brewing Company
LEX 530 Wine & Dinner Club Dinner – Friday, November 20, 2020
Important Wine Holidays
August 1-5 – International Albariño Days
August 4 – National White Wine Day
August 18 – International Pinot Noir Day
September 3 – International Cabernet Day