Musings on w(h)ine

by Lorin Michel Thursday, April 7, 2011 10:34 PM

I often refer to myself, jokingly, as a wino. I mean no disrespect to the actual winos; I just love red wine. I find it relaxing, conversational, and interesting. The fact that it’s good for me, obviously in moderation, helps tremendously. It’s packed with rich antioxidants that help the body both inside and out.

But I wonder sometimes if there’s a connection between wine and whine. They both sound exactly the same, except for that one tiny letter, a nice letter but not necessarily one of the favorites. It’s not a vowel and it’s not one of the biggies like c, l, m, n, r, s, t. Still, it’s amazing what an “h” can do to change a mood.

Whine has a strong place in my life, just like wine. Some days, it’s all about bitching and moaning, the hating the universe; the bloat, the hormones, the no clean clothes and no food in the house and I’m really tired; and, and, and. Whine is the irritation with life.

Wine is all about the flavor of life, the wonder and the joy. The sharing and the depth of feeling.

Wine and whine are two of those wonderful English language words that sound the same but mean different things while also being spelled differently. It’s called a homophone. Like bear and bare, hour and our, presents and presence.

Whine is kind of annoying but necessary. We all need to get things off of our proverbial chests.

Wine is flavorful and lovely, calming and friendly, the perfect end to the day. In many parts of the world, it’s considered essential to life. In my small part of the world, it IS life. I find it relaxing, and an experience to share with those I love.

Whine? Not so much.

But this much I know: When you have the whine, the wine can make it all better.

Don’t you think? 



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by Lorin Michel Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:24 PM

Red. Preferably a syrah, preferably from the 2007 harvest, preferably from Zaca Mesa. Heavy, deep, walk-through-it, chew-on-it, go-to-bed-with-it-and-sigh syrah.

We went wine tasting tonight. Can you tell?


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