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Does our mood influence our choice of wine?

Does our mood influence our choice of wine?

Wine is a magical liquid, evoking many feelings and emotions, awakening old memories and opening doors to new worlds. Many people would ask me: “What is your favourite wine? Which is your favourite grape variety? “I personally always say that I do not have one and I make my choice depending on my mood right before I buy or open any wine bottle. And I really follow my feelings, my intuition when I make that decision.

Seasonality and time outdoors at this point are essential factors for the overall mood. If it is sunny, green, summer or springtime, everything whispers in your ear – white wine, fresh, fruity, elegant, aromatic, mineral, floral. Your mind subconsciously records the pictures of green fields with soft flowers, the smell of spring and wants to keep them there safe for long. A sun that scents the waters of a mountain stream and leaves a feeling of radiant heat and lightly penetrates every drop. Or this playful, sparkling wine that gives us a sense of ease – the ease with which we do everything during the warm seasons.

Winter, cold, chilly days, darkness. That creates a sense of lack of warmth, a desire to snuggle by the fireplace, and taste a robust, luscious, rich in flavors, concentrated red wine that will shelter and warm your soul as the fire and leave inside your intense love, burning and reminiscent of this experience. And what is the common between Japanese tea ceremonies and the drinking of red wine? Following the concept of seasonality, according to the Japanese tradition, the most suitable time for a tea ceremony is winter, when it is cold, dark, freezing winds blow outside, and inside the home there is an atmosphere of warmth, light, tranquility, silence, connection with the divine or real Zen for the soul. A glass of red wine can bring into being the same experience – elevation, mystery, mysticism, contemplations.

Wine as a memory of a pleasant moment of life. Beautiful memories leave pleasant feelings in the heart, and often this happens accidentally or not, in the company of the magic drink. Years later we sit in the restaurant and on the wine list we would meet the same old acquaintance with whom we shared dinner with our beloved person, a family holiday or that fabulous summer vacation. It could look at us from the store shelf and ask us to turn it back to a part of the moment. One of the secrets why many people go back to the same wines – to get back to their favourite part of themselves, which they may forget in their hectic daily lives.

Wine is also a symbol of exploring the unknown, adventure, a new beginning, a gateway to a new world. We all have had that thrill in ourselves, the desire to try something new and unrevealed, to experiment, to experience an unknown feeling. And then we tend to open that bottle of orange wine, try the region we did not even remember the name of. And that grape variety – the one almost extinct, the last plant of it, rescued and grown at home. And here wine is a journey – a journey that teleports you to the winemaker’s passion, love, and tireless work. The same one who does believe that his desire to make wine that expresses the sense of his terroir and the attachment to his land, will connect him with the one who would appreciate and understand it. In this sense, wine is a search for perfection, which makes us rediscover an unfamiliar part of ourselves. And the more we try, the more we find.

Should we listen to our mood and feelings before choosing the next bottle of wine? In my opinion – let’s stop, take a deep breath, close our eyes and listen to the voice of our hearts. This voice that leads us to the truth – to make choices that bring us true happiness.

The wine – poetry, and life in a glass…

The wine – poetry, and life in a glass…

Wine is this lively and enigmatic magic that unlocks doors to new and unknown worlds. This potion, from the moment it is poured into the glass, conceals mysteriousness and mystery. Manages to untie the tongue, enlightens the soul, unites, shortens distances. This magical beverage contains in itself authenticity, history, eternity, a balance between lusciousness and maturity, and many more undisclosed secrets.

Moderation and balance are not only the basic ideas involved in the production of the liquid wine itself but also the guides to the way we should enjoy it – in moderate quantities, in the company of favorite food and people. It is then that this drink reveals its true nature, brings pleasure and benefits to our health. The army of antioxidants in red wine fights actively against enemies of our body – cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes, reduces the risk of death and even prolongs life expectancy. Tannin, one of the main chemical components of red wine, causes that cholesterol does not build up on the walls of the blood vessels and promotes longevity. But as with anything else in life, too high consumption damages us and our health. Hangover, headache, lack of energy are just a few of the consequences of overuse.

Like many other things in life that can be recognized by color, the color, and tannin of red wine are indicators of its potential for aging and reaching its aristocratic maturity. A Young wine, as youth is filled with energy, has a high concentration of tannin, sparkling and purifying blood, and mature wine loses its vigor but complements the enjoyment of sipping with new nuances, stories, mysteries.

An old Bulgarian proverb says that ” wolf can change its skin, but never its temper.” Wine can be made of white and red grapes. Interestingly, white wine can also be made from red grapes. It is achieved by a skillful and precise pressing of the fruit. In this case, wine is given the opportunity to express its femininity, sophistication, grace, but not without the intervention of refining of the winemaker.

Diversity and changeability are leading factors in human life, but also evidence that wine can be treated as a human being. Ten thousand are the world’s wine grape varieties, and the combinations of these are millions. Four hundred are the oak varieties used to make barrels that mature wine. The origin of the oak determines different flavors in the aged wine.

If the wine is a living matter, then the glass for it is like the cloth for the human. Cloth fits only one human body in itself, and one glass contains as much liquid as the amount of juice from one cluster of grapes. The same way dressing highlights the beautiful shapes of the body, and the shape of the glass – the different characteristics of each type of wine. The glass spills up every little drop to different parts of the tongue and nose that are responsible for a variety of flavours. It is done in a way that no part of this romance has been missed.

Very often the world’s poorest and behind-the-scenes regions give birth to the greatest talents, and creative people with strong characters, who are then emerging in the cosmopolitan capital cities of the world. In the world of grapes, the poorest and inferior soils give life to the best quality and finest wines, as if to prove that the thirst for beauty and the inner strength of character are invincible and always overcome any obstacles.

The parallels in the human world and that of the wine extend to infinity. Where does the border end between them? This question can only be answered by us, giving freedom to our curiosity and looking for naturalness in each of our meetings with wine. Our romance with the magical liquid can begin here and now and at all times and continue, echoing in eternity.

Author Pavlin Ivanov