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11.24.2011

Giving Thanks in 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Vinography. For those of you outside of North America, today is America's food holiday, where there is no excuse for consuming massive quantities of food with people you love.  I'm in Puerto Vallarta, myself, and plan on spending the evening drinking some big reds from Baja if I can find them, along with some choice Argentinean beef if the claims of the restaurant we've booked for the occasion can be believed.

But I'm still thinking about the spirit of this holiday, which has always been one of my favorites.  Growing up, I enjoyed it for the food.

Now as an adult, I also enjoy it for the food, but I also love it for the opportunity, without any sort of religious filter nor with a shower of consumer activity, it presents to reflect on the incredible blessings I and my family enjoy in our lives.

As wine lovers, we live a charmed existence. The luxury that our lives afford us to spend time worrying about which bottle to open and how it will taste is easy to take for granted, even if we do spend time reading about, listening to, and watching what the rest of the world has to deal with on a regular basis. 

In addition to the quality of life and prosperity that affords me the opportunity to enjoy wine the way I do, I am also extremely blessed to have people who spend the time to listen to what I have to say about wine, and occasionally offer their own opinions.

Vinography exists entirely due to the interests of my readers, whose enthusiasm, engagement, and continual visits encourage me to keep doing what I am doing.  As most of you know, being a wine blogger, even a particularly well known one, isn't exactly remunerative in any real financial sense of the word.  But it is extremely rewarding, both for its own sake -- as a creative discipline that provides me pure enjoyment -- and for the connections that it allows me to make with readers.

Among all the many things I have to be thankful for today, you, my readers, are certainly the most important when it comes to Vinography.  I appreciate your support and continued readership, as well as your own individual passions for wine, however they may be expressed. 

For those of you who are celebrating this American holiday, I hope you are doing so with many open bottles of wine, and many people you love around you.  For those of you who are not, I hope you are merely enjoying your lives. And if you find a moment, between sips of whatever you happen to have open tonight, to reflect on what you have to be thankful for in this life, I doubt you will regret spending it.

Many thanks indeed,

Alder

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