It’s cliche, yes, but also true. There are other fish in the sea. No, I’m not talking about heartbreak or finding your soulmate, unless it’s in a bottle and for the sake of both of us, I sure hope that’s not true.
Sometimes wines we love go away. The French have a saying for something that is forever gone: Adieu. We know vintages variation (that’s a topic for another day) can change the wines we love from year to year, this is part of the beauty of wine, it is always changing and rarely the exact same year after year. However, sometimes the wine just goes away. It’s not just a difference of vintages but the end of the line. Maybe the vineyard was replanted, maybe it was a commemorative bottle, a limited release, or an experiment. Whatever the reason, it can leave us feeling like we’ve lost a love, heartbroken.. Especially if you’ve travelled to the winery on vacation to grab that specific bottle of your treasured vino.
While I can appreciate the grieving process, honestly I’m starting to lose sympathy when the grief prevents enjoyment. What’s so bad about change and making way for NEW wines on the shelf? This is an ever-evolving world where new and exciting wines will be released every year. I recently encountered a group of people who were on a vacation search for that perfect, magical bottle they had experienced a year earlier. It has since sold out, never to make an appearance again. That commemorative bottle that had lived its life. Their search of this particular wine was so much a part of their process that they let it prevent them from enjoying, or even trying, much of anything else on their adventure. Our brains are powerful beasts. Now, I don’t know about you but I’m not about to let a bottle ruin my vacation or tasting experience. Onward and upward! There are sooooo many more bottles in the sea that I’ve yet to try or even discover. I say, appreciate what was, file it under a great memory and move on to creating more memories.
All that said, I wouldn’t want you to get me wrong, I’m not totally cold-hearted and unsympathetic; if you know you LOVE a wine and learn it’s going away, why not stock up to prevent heartbreak and prolong your love affair? I have a dwindling stash of Misconduct Wine Co.‘s last vintage of Suspect Series Syrah Malbec that I fell in love with a couple of summer’s ago. I also have a couple of Sumac Ridge Black Sage Red Meritage tucked away, and some bubbles that won’t be reappearing on the shelves. I know when these wines are gone from my cellar, they’re gone from my life. Just like me, they won’t live forever!
I’ve had that one wine I searched high and low for, I can’t help but think of all the other great wines I tried while trying to find something similar that I passed off because they were’t the same. There will never be a perfect replacement, it just won’t measure up to the memories of that one bottle, so why not just find something to enjoy without trying to duplicate? Imitation is said to be the most sincere form of flattery but really, why not search for something unique, complex and new to you?