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red

How does one choose a red wine?

You pick up a cold glass bottle, tinted so that you cannot see the color.
You read a label and get an idea of where she comes from.
You know what year she was made and you think it tells you something.
If you do enough research, you know what kind of grapes she comes from.
Was she raised under the Tuscan sun?
You may even know if she was born in a dry, harsh year.
You pull the cork and sniff it.
You get a sense of her just from the trace of a scent.
You pour a little of her into a glass and you get an idea of her color.
You put your nose to the glass and her scent reveals details of her body.
You let her linger gently in your mouth and get a good taste.
You feel her gently warm you even as she warms from your own body heat.
You are left with a soft or strong aftertaste on your tongue and your teeth
     and here is where you must pause

You will never know the body of a wine until you have tasted it.
You will never know if you like or hate or love a wine until you have tasted it
     and paused

Sometimes you think you know what types of wine you like
Sometimes you really do know what types of wine you like
Sometimes you think you know what types of wine you don’t like
Sometimes you really do know what types of wine you don’t like

But
You will never know if you like or hate or love a wine until you have tasted it
    and paused

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