It’s no wonder that New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep, since they are mostly all about deprivation. Resolving to forego carbs, quitting smoking, watching less TV, deleting your Tinder app (yeah, right), might be beneficial to your physical and mental health, but let’s face it – it’s hard to give up things that bring us pleasure (good or naughty). And then there is wine, which as a Mavens & Aficionados member, one should never resolve to give up. In fact, it’s important to do just the opposite – indulge! So, here is a suggestion for your foolproof, easy-to- maintain wine resolution.
Resolve to no longer be afraid of sweet wines. Most of us cut our wine baby teeth on cloyingly sweet cheap plonk (my hand raises in the air), so it’s no surprise that it’s hard to rid that nauseating feeling from your thoughts. But there are great sweet wines out there that are pleasurable, food-friendly, and mind-blowing. The key is finding wines that balance the sweetness with refreshing, palate cleansing acidity. Tell your favorite sommelier you would like to try these: German Riesling Kabinett or Spätlese; Vouvray Demi-Sec; Champagne Demi-Sec; Lambrusco (seriously, there are some high quality versions); Monbazillac; Sauternes...the list goes on and on, so there will be no shortage of great wines to keep you on your path to appreciating sweetness.