A Love Letter

Vinted on March 9, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, commentary

This is not an article about wine, per se.

It’s more an article about what it takes for me to write about wine.  It’s a love letter, really.  And a long overdue one, at that.

If I had to sum it all up, for those of you who won’t get past this sentence, I really just want to say Thank You to my wife, Kerri, because without her this forum for discussion of all things wine-related (1WineDude) simply would not exist.

Now, there are a ton of things for which I could (should) be thanking my wife.  First, she’s gorgeous and there is no doubt that she plays a significant part (as in, > 99%) in making me look good (case in point: she is somehow in better shape after the birth of our daughter than she was in before she became pregnant).  She’s a great cook, to the point that I don’t really miss red meat in my diet because her food is so damn tasty.  She’s conscientious, which I’m not, and so she has saved me from countless embarrassing social situations and possible lost friendships.

But there are two reasons above all others that on most days make me fall in love with her all over again.

1) I recently asked my wife if she thought it was odd that I pursue such geeky passions, while she doesn’t seem to have any nearly as geeky.  E.g., I am total fan-boy for the Steelers and the band Rush, and my side-job as a musician takes up significant portion of my free time – that is, it takes up most of the time left over after I spend hours researching and writing articles for 1WineDude, which indulges my geeky passion for wine.

Now, I know it helps that my wife loves wine (she’s just not as geeky as I am when it comes to learning about terroir, chasing after obscure grape varieties, and waxing philosophic on whether or not green pepper notes is or is not a fault in Chilean reds).  When a wine sample shipment arrives at our door, her eyes light up almost as brightly as my daughter’s when she sees the intro. credits to an episode of Baby Einstein.

Anyway, Ker’s response was that she loves the fact that I get to indulge my geeky passions and is proud of the successes that I’ve had in each of them (no matter how minor).  And, in fact, she pointed out that she does have a geeky passion of her own – one that happens to take up most of her waking hours (and what should be non-waking for both of us).  Which brings me to reason #2…

2) My wife is an amazing mother. She has had some great role models for motherhood in our families, but we don’t really have any seasoned expert grandmothers locally who can help us out with the little things on a daily basis.  And it’s the little things, that somehow seem to come naturally my wife as a mother, that amaze me.  The way she instinctively senses what mood our daughter is in.  The smile that our daughter gives her first thing in the morning.  They sound like simple things, and they are, but I find myself continually awed by them.  My wife just seems to know what to do with this little human, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have helping my daughter to grow into a person in this crazy world.

So, now we know why I’m crazy in love with my wife.

I expect to possibly get flamed for being majorly soppy on the virtual pages in 1WineDude, but I don’t give a damn because it’s about time that my wife heard (read) all of this.

Okay… Time to open one of those special bottle of Champagne I’ve been saving for her…


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  • dhonig

    Awwwwwww! Gorgeous family. Great post.

  • 1WineDude

    Thanks, guys. Yeah, no one imagined it but I'm just a softie – but as I say at work, now that I have a wife & daughter, al lof my compassion is used up long before I get to the office so it's actually *worse* for anyone working with me! Ha-hahhh!!!!!

    If I had 10% of Gary's weekly earnings for every time that someone mistook me for him (or said that I remind them of Gary), then I'd be retired already… ;-)

  • 1WineDude

    Thanks, Gabriella! I appreciate the kind words – but not enough to avoid pointing out the fact that you used the "word" irregardless… ;-)

    • gabriellaopaz

      I had too, as I fall into the same category ;-)

  • Jill

    1WineDude is now renamed 1WineSap — I love the sappy/sentimental Joe! Thanks for sharing such personal thoughts with all of us…the only thing I question, really, is your devotion to Rush. She must REALLY love you to put up with that!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Jill. I deserve the title for today…

      Devotion to RUSH was a **non-negotiable** stipulation to our marriage vows, by the way…

  • Dr. Debs

    What a lovely, lovely post. You're both lucky to have found each other in this wacky world of ours.

  • 1WineDude

    Thanks, everyone.

    Can I just say that you are all a bunch of softies? :)

  • Mrs. Dudette

    Yea champagne!!!
    He really knows how to pull my heart strings. It is hard not to support such a wonderful man. I love you Dude!
    The Steelers thing is a bit easier to take than Rush but we have "Rush Rules" so it all works out.
    Hurry home…I need to express my gratitude for such sweet words. How about I make steak for dinner tonight?

    • 1WineDude

      Whew-hew! Red meat! Steak = Big Red Wine… I think I need to call in sick for the rest of the day… :)

  • Remy

    So glad to be part of such a great bunch of softies.

    P.S.: My first rock concert EVER was Rush, at the Colisée, in Quebec City. Still have a buzz in my right ear.

    • 1WineDude

      If only one ear is still buzzing, then it must mean that you didn't listen hard enough at the concert!

    • 1WineDude

      If only one ear is still buzzing, then it must mean that you didn't listen hard enough at the concert!

  • Sammy the Dog

    This is crap. I like Joe, but I like his wife more and I was in that relationship LONG before he came along, not to mention this new hairless ape that they have brought into the house who pulls on my whiskers and chews on my floppy ears!

    And another thing, I really…. hey, wait, is that the UPS guy?

    GrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RAWF!!! WOOF!!! WOOOOOF!!! WOOOOOOF!!!!! WOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary "Iron" Chevsky

    Wow, this almost brought a tear to my eye. Keep it up! The purpose of life is love.

  • 1WineDude

    Thanks! But please, don't be so sappy… ;-)

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