Yes, it’s true. I’m placing myself on a one-month hiatus from the world of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. There are two main reasons for it. The first, and most importantly, the reduction of calories in my diet will help in getting myself back in shape. After being behind a desk for up to 11 hours a day, 5 days a week for the past year, I’m seen myself get a bit soft.
When you combine one or two glasses of wine with dinner a few times a week, the bottle or two from entertaining on weekends, and the occasional post-work beer or cocktail with coworkers and friends, you find yourself looking at quite a few thousand calories per week that you’re just tossing onto the pile. I know exercise and being in shape is not for everyone, but pretty much my entire life I’ve been an athletic individual, and it’s time to get back to that.
The second reason is more internal, a pure test of willpower. Since I turned 21 and became allowed by law to purchase and consume wine, beer, and spirits, I doubt I have gone a week without allowing alcohol to pass these lips. Heretofore, I have been able to avoid a daily caffeine addiction, generally getting my energy from vitamins and natural herbs, but I’ve never really considered how much I psychologically crave alcohol.
In my mind, at least, I always turn to comfort food or human interaction when I’m stressed out, but I’ll find out for sure how much alcohol is a part of my life. I’m not saying I’m an alcoholic, mind you, but it will be interesting to see what habits or activities I have that I’ve allowed to become routinely associated with wine and beer.
But what does this mean for the blog?
I’ve got plenty of tasting notes saved up for a rainy day, so finding new wines to share won’t be a problem. I prefer to think of this as an opportunity to try out new themes in my writing. Writing reviews has become a bit stale. After all, I tend to be a verbose individual, and I cannot imagine my readers enjoy sifting through several paragraphs of my mental ramblings in order to find out whether or not they’d enjoy a wine.
So what will we do? We’ll aim for a more interactive approach, something more abstract that invokes communication. I have been inspired by some social media blogs that I read regularly that have mush shorter posts than mine and are generating way more discussion. I’ve gotten away from talking about wine in my focus on my career, and I’ve treated Twitter more as a stress outlet than a genuine discussion board in recent months. What’s on everybody’s mind? I hope to find out.
I mean, really. What can you say about a wine that someone has reviewed? I like it. I don’t like it. I like similar wines. I don’t like similar wines. I will have to try this. I don’t want to try this. There are limits to how much you can engage your readers when you’re essentially lecturing them on what a wine is like. Let’s test the bounds.
And when we return, we will have a bevy of new wines to taste and review. Per numerous suggestions on Twitter, I will return focused on specialty wines, dessert wines, wines from foreign locales (the Middle East, Western Asia), and wines from states here in the US that you might have never considered.
There’s another good reason for this, too. Just imagine the cash I will save. I might even attempt to stretch this past April and buy myself a nice new decanter as a reward.