Walk for Your WinePosted: May 25, 2011
My friend Ted and I have two great loves in common: country music and red wine. It happened to be Ted’s birthday yesterday and that prompted me to pull out a book he gave me a few months ago called “Wines of the World, Complete Wine Course”. He also gives me country CD’s that showcase the country legands that are no longer on the pop-country radio station that I have programmed as #1 in my car. I’m not ashamed. Anyway this book is a big one, chock full of great information for the novice wine drinker. My favorite quote and one I wholeheartedly believe is the author’s response to the question: “How do you know if a wine is good or not?”. Kevin Zraly defines a good wine as one that you enjoy. Bravo. I must admit I did not have the time to delve too deep into this encyclopedia of wine, but it did get me thinking about an article my sister sent me the other day.
In Oregon, there is a new trend popping up called “Wiking”. Can you guess? These geniuses have combo’ed two of my favorite things: drinking wine and hiking. Can you imagine how heavenly? To have a good long day of physical activity and moving meditation in the along the Rogue River in southern Oregon wine country followed by a gourmet meal and wine tasting. AMAZING. There seem to be a number of outfits offering such excursions ranging from a day trip to a week-long adventure. While a full week might be a bit much for me, I could definitely get into THIS 4-DAY TOUR. These folks affirm that red wine is a joyful part of any healthy lifestyle, in moderation of course.