quote:Originally posted by emporanium:
I apologize if my posts here gave the impression that I was exaggerating or boasting. That was certainly not my intention. The comparisons to the notorious Wine & Food Expert, however, are a little unfair. I have read the posts from the Wine & Food Expert in the past and they are, shall we say, rather fantastical in nature. I looked back at my posts to date (which are admittedly few) and I believe that I have only stated two wines that I have consumed, which I hope is far too limited a sampling for anyone to judge either my sincerity or my wine budget.
I admit that I sometimes have expensive tastes, but I also enjoy many budget-conscious wines. Granted, since I have almost exclusively enjoyed California Cabernet in the past, the cost of the average bottle is likely higher than if I were living, say, in Oregon or Washington state and drinking local fare.
I have been very fortunate financially in life, which is something I neither boast about nor attempt to hide. There is no reason to boast, because it was largely not my own doing but rather that of my family. I am simply the beneficiary of their good fortune. It has allowed me to fully enjoy my passions including wine.
Please understand, however, that I also enjoy and regularly drink wines of a lesser nature than the few I have discussed on this forum. I simply felt, perhaps wrongly, that my "average" wine experiences would not be of great interest to this gathering of oenophiles. As well, I wished to share my unbridled joy at discovering the sensory pleasures of the 1990 J.L. Chave Hermitage.
Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope that in the future I am better able to commingle with this fine group.
As at least a few of you, perhaps tongue in cheek, seemed to enjoy my inclusion of Walt Whitman in my last post, I leave you with this from Mssr. Whitman:
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
Sail forth! Steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!
I don't know if you're sincere or a troll, although I'd like to believe you're for real. Your sig say "I like wine." The jury's still out on that point, but one thing's for sure: you like words. Lots of 'em.