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…