Fifty Shades of Wine

There are so many different expressions. “What’s meant to be will be” is one another. Another is “whatever floats your boat.” Basically, whatever makes you happy or whatever soothes your soul is a better way of putting it. I often think that’s true. Whatever is meant to be has a lot to do with whatever brings a smile to your face or promotes your own healthy well-being. It may not be what’s right for your next door neighbor, but it’s not about them.  It’s all about you and what matters to you. An invitation to your soul, we look for ways to find relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or wherever you may live.

I often hear people say they need a glass or two of wine to unwind from a hectic day. But I wonder how many of those people realize that they’re drinking a story. Every wine has a reason for why that fine grape was turned into a magnificent Merlot. For example, Coppola wines came into existence to help rebuild the land in California’s Napa Valley. While other wine makers were inspired by the dream of a Wine Country lifestyle. Another, worked as a banker at a well-known bank for six years during the early boom years of the Internet before asking himself “What is successful for me? It was then that he decided to take an unpaid position with a wine master to learn wine making. It was his passion and determination that brought him to make a delicious tasting wine. 

We all have a destiny, a path to our story. But it’s up to us to listen to that destiny in order to complete the ending that we were meant to have in life. Like this man who found relaxation and a way to soothe his soul. A rare glass a wine, we are able to find our own rare treasures that are meant to savor.

50 Best Wines (Food & Wine Magazine, 2014)

Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabernet; La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay; Bogel Old Vine Zinfandel; Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot; Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc; Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon; Hogue Cellars Columbia Valley Riesling; Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay; King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris; Pepperwood Grove California Merlot; Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel; Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel; Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Fumé Blanc; Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay; Barossa Shiraz Viognier; Shiraz; Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Jacob’s Creek Shiraz; Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon; Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz; Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling; Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec; Mendoza Malbec; Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc; Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenère; Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon; Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay; Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec; Côtes-du-Rhône Parallèle “45”; E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge; Moulin-à-Vent “Flower Label”; Hugel et Fils Gentil; Crémant de Loire Brut NV; Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages; Louis Latour St-Véran les Deux Moulins; Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche Rouge; A-Mano Primitivo; Antinori Santa Cristina; Banfi Centine; Folonari Pinot Grigio; Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti; Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante; Ruffino Chianti; Cordon Negro Brut; Cristalino Brut; Rioja Crianza; Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva; Osborne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon; Château Bonnet Rouge; Château Greysac; Château Cap de Faugères; Château Charmail; Château Gigault Cuvée Viva; Ridge Geyserville; Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay; Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir; Andrew Will Sorella; Altamura Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru; Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge; Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape; Château Léoville Las Cases; Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
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