When I was young, I thought my parents and all their friends were a bit weird talking so much about wine and using so many different words to describe the flavours.
I mean wine is just wine, right?
How can they all be so different? Or better yet, how can everyone taste the same wine and have a different way of describing it tasting different flavours?
It wasn't until I was a bit older having spent a little bit of time travelling to a few cellar doors, tasting wine and hearing the winemakers stories that I started to understand what this grape obsession was.
I fell in love with wine.
Every time I open a bottle, there is this excitement and anticipation of what it's going to taste like.
No two bottles are alike, and every winemaker has their own story.
Sometimes the wine fails to please my pallet, but other times I come across a wine that hits all the notes and gives this overwhelming rush of satisfaction. I mean, what can be better than sitting on the balcony as the sun is setting sharing a bottle of amazing wine and cheese with your friends and family.
The winemakers are so passionate about these sensational bottles and dedicate their lives to working the land and perfecting their craft.
But as I discovered more great wines and spoke to more small winemakers, I found that we have been told lies all this time.