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Travel Tuesday: Rioja Uncorked

If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer. ~ Sir Clement Raphael Freud

Thinking a moment about Freud's statement, I find a surprising amount of common sense for everyday vino-sapiens, life itself should be taken in moderation, whether it's love, cigars or wine drinking, you need to know your limits and learn to just say, "no thank-you." Which to my mind is an entirely acceptable reply to even the most gracious of hosts. It's all about finding the right balance between the (FOMO) fear of missing out and knowing, honestly, it's okay if you do.

Now that said; when most vino-sapiens think about where the wine comes from, they are thinking about the French term terroir (tare-wahr). It's a term that describes the climate which the grapes grow and thrive in, plus the various soil and sub-soil types which are often ultimately (and I say hopefully) reflected in wine swirling about in your glass…

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