I went to college in San Diego. There's probably some great beaches, wonderful restaurants, lovely hikes, and interesting culture there, but I couldn't tell you. I spent most of my time in my apartment playing video games, smoking cigarettes, and eating Domino's pizza. When I graduated I left because I was bored. Later on of course I felt the pangs of regret as I cleaned myself up, lost the pizza weight, and quit smoking. "All the opportunities I wasted!" I still think sometimes. For that reason, I want to stress to everyone living in Northern California: Do not take what we have for granted!
I decided to open two bottles of local wine last night because, although I taste many domestic wines as part of our staff training program, I show little enthusiasm beyond what's necessary - and that's a shame. It's a shame because, while I'm geeking out for the French Arbois or a small Burgundy plot, there really are many outstanding wines close by that we have access to. I could visit these places on the weekends, take a drive to Sonoma, enjoy the landscape and its inherent beauty, but I don't. No longer. I will not relive my college apathy!!
It's not just wine either. We've got St. George distillery, Charbay, Germain-Robin, Old World Spirits, and others still making their mark. You can visit these places and sample their products, see how they're made, and embrace the local community. When I traveled extensively through Europe as a young adult, I found all cultures enjoying and taking pride in their local wines and spirits. Yet, here I sit, ignoring so many outstanding local vintners, lusting after products from afar that have no special importance or significance in my life.
I vow to appreciate my Northern California alcohol community now by learning more about the wines from this region. I work in the best wine store on the West Coast, located in NorCal, but I can't tell you details about the local wines? That's pathetic. No More!!