Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Ultimate Food & Wine Experiences

Catchy title, huh? I am not running a list of things that I think are the ultimate experiences, nor do I think I have had enough exposure to draw such a list from. What I am going to do is offer the one thing I have learned that will help raise each food & beverage experience you have to its maximum potential.

Express your sensations and emotions about your experiences with the people you share them with.

When you enjoy a dish or a wine and you express the feelings and the sensations you have you give it more life. If you research the place where a dish comes from or walk the vineyards where a wine is grown the sense of place becomes part of your experience. Discussing everyone's distinct and unique perspectives from an experience fills in details and makes it bigger than one person could have felt alone. Even when something doesn't strike your fancy or isn't representative of the expectations, getting at the heart of the experience with your companions will complete the occasion.

Lisa and Charles at the Authentic Suburban Gourmet blog have been running a series on a class they are taking that is articulating and expressing this idea for the participants. Check out this week's post at and be sure to go back and read the first four weeks. The reviews of the food, wine, conversation and reflection will help you adopt this principle in your own life.




Lisa said...

Jason - Thank you for the mention on your blog! It is a great class that I took and just signed up for another series. Cheers!

Jason Phelps said...

Food and wine are a real trip. I think those are two things anyone from anywhere can at least understand.