Before I proceed with further blogs, I must address that I’ve been remiss. I need to, want to and take great pleasure in acknowledging my sincere Thanks to Boston Wine School for getting me started on blogging. Their encouragement was much needed, being with like-minded people was energizing and just what the doctor ordered or in this case,what the nurse practitioner needed.

Here’s the 3rd installment of Psychology of Wine…

Once again, I’m reading History In A Glass: 60 Years of Wine Writing by Gourmet and  Frank Schoonmaker in October 1947 writes the following:

*keep in mind its 1947*

“90% of all French wine is drunk when it is less than 2 years old…your wine will have little or no bouquet (for this comes with bottle age),but what aroma it has should be agreeable…serve at the temperature you like and with any dish, including pickles.” YUCK !!!.

He said ” it is a beverage, not a ceremony”.  I, Karin O’Brien, do agree with that statement. Boston Wine School has a philosophy of a No Snob atmosphere which is the only way to be in my opinion. One should be able to have a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine simply to celebrate returning home after a hard day’s work. Oh No.. Maybe I am a bit snobby (I’ll work on it), notice I capitalized Champagne and not sparkling wine. I have an affinity for France- I confess.

Schoonmaker remarks on reading the chronicles published on behalf of California wines 1850 -1900 ” over and over again, expressing with varying degrees of optimism, as the market went up or down”… the same idea: Sooner or later the West would bring inexpensive wine to the cities of the East. “A quarter of a million immigrants a year arrived in the US (not to get political, but I’m pretty sure they arrived legally)  from wine drinking countries alone.”

Many restaurants  in cities were run by French, German or Italians. He goes on to note these as “the upper class…and arbiiters of fashion, already drank wine and where the upper class led, the rest would follow.”  I SAY SIGN ME UP.

Peer pressure? Pack mentality? or just having an open mind to try something new?

I say with an open mind, we always have the chance to be pleasantly surprised, learn new things, and grow as human beings.

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