This week marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. For winelovers, the 1933 ruling gives reason to celebrate. And while I plan to celebrate on Dec 5th by opening a nice bottle with friends, the upcoming anniversary made me think of how easy it is to grab a glass these days. Last night for example, I went to Moxie the restaurant (located just four doors down from our Cellar Door) for dinner with my husband. Typically I sit at the bar and immediately order a gin on the rocks with a slice of lime, my favorite non-vinous adult beverage while perusing the menu. A creature of habit, last night began just that way. But when it came time to order a glass of wine with my entree (a wintery B&E farm chicken dish) I asked for a Pinot Grigio without even looking at the menu. Interesting move for a wine person. My husband, on the other hand, asked to see the list before ordering a full-body red to pair up with his hanger steak. With a gin under my belt (London dry not Bath tub), I started to wonder why was I so quick to order my wine? Better yet, why did I order something as simple as a Pinot Grigio? The answer became as clear as the wine in my glass; because Pinot Grigio is nice and easy. With America’s thirst for wine on the rise, more and more people are trying wines from around the globe. I love it. But the geeks of the industry sometimes make it all too difficult for the averge Joe to feel comfortable ordering a glass of wine. Well here’s the scoop: the best wine for your glass is the wine you feel like drinking at the time. Period. Be it complex and cellar-worthy or nice and easy, the important fact is that we all have the right to choose and sip as we wish. And since the right to choose is precious, this weekend I ask you all to raise a glass in honor of Utah, the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment and end national prohibition. Cheers.
About the Author: Marianne Frantz
A Certified Wine Educator, Marianne holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) of London, and has also earned the Advanced Sommelier qualification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. After successfully participating in an educational competition sponsored by the Wines of Australia in the spring of 2008, Marianne became an educational Ambassador for Wine Australia USA. She is also a Certified Spanish Wine Educator.