I'm on my fourth bottle. My fourth bottle since the start of the evening of November 3rd, 2020. And it's barely the evening of November 4th. I won't lie to you. I'm stressed, and I am a white guy with a Canadian address & passport. I can't even fathom how US citizens who are oppressed by their own government, particularly Donald Trump's Republicans, must feel.
It's hard enough to even hear about the constant hatred towards human beings that is pumped through the speakers at such intense volume in the US, never mind to be someone living in it, hanging on by a thread, hoping that your new government will not be one that continues to attack your body, your skin colour, your sexual orientation, and your basic rights.
I haven't thought very deeply about wine in the past 36 hours or so. Even though I am an advocate for constant experimentation and getting outside of one's comfort zone, sometimes, the comfort zone is the place that we best retreat to take our mind off of things and just stop the hamster wheel for a second.
So, I grabbed a bottle of Pèppoli Chianti Classico on Tuesday. 2016. It was $2 off. I hadn't had it in years. Am I super stoked on the Antinori portfolio of estates and wines? Not as much as I once was. But it tasted great. It was truly, classico. I felt transported. I made a big, steaming bowl of pasta with red sauce. And I escaped. I thought about all the great meals I've been fortunate enough to enjoy in Europe, where rustic, comforting fare and the exactly-perfect wines to go along are abundant, affordable, and just plain delicious.
Take a break. You need it for your sanity. Make a bowl of pasta or whatever it is that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. And crack a familiar bottle. When so much is unknown, it helps to immerse yourself in something that is known.
Here's my comfort zone. I hope it provides you with at least a minute of inspired respite from whatever you might be going through.
And one more thing: try not to support racist, bigoted, hate-inducing rapists. Even if they are politicians.