Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This was originally posted on Beer, Wine and Food in May 2007. Since I'm just getting back into blogging, I thought that it was appropriate to post why I make wine and beer.
Problogger is running a writing project that asks you to write a “Top 5″ article for your blog. So, I was kicking around a few ideas and decided to give the top 5 reasons why I make my own wine and beer. I’ll give you a heads up, in that a lot if the reasons why are my opinions. So you may either agree or disagree with what I say. Doesn’t bother me, I’m pretty thicked skinned. Well, anyways, here is the top 5.
#5 Because I Can - Living in a society that does not frown on wine and beer is a big plus. Certain countries throughout the world, the making or drinking of wine and beer could cost you your life. Thankfully, I do not live in one of those countries and can freely practice my hobby.
#4 The Joy of Creating - Did you ever paint a room, or bake a dinner and have it come out perfect? The sheer joy in that event is just something that you can not describe. Being able to take a piece of fruit and turn it into the best tasting wine you ever had, well it is just an amazing feeling. Like a first kiss, it just makes you feel good all over.
#3 Diversion From Life’s Troubles - We all run into speed bumps along the road called life. Taking a break and getting lost into the making of wine or beer allows you a chance to clear you head and see things clearer. Staring at a carboy that is fermenting is almost like watching an aquarium. Just relaxes the heck out of you.
#2 Control of What I Eat or Drink - Lately, we have heard of problems in the food chain. Bad spinach, tainted dog food, etc. Really makes you wonder how your food and drink is being processed. Personally, I like to know before hand how my food, fruit, etc is grown and processed. That is why I usually purchase my fruits for my wines from local farmers. I can actually see where it is grown, how it is harvested, ask about pesticides and sample the merchandise prior to purchasing. Better still, start a garden and grow your own. Then you will know exactly what goes into your wine or beer.
#1 Avoiding Taxes - With about 50% of the cost of wine or beer going to paying federal, state and local taxes, I choose to be a rebel. Why should I fatten up power hungry Democrats and Republicans? In my opinion, they are all crooks waiting to steal our hard earned money. Our society would be better off with less politicians and less taxes. Send a message to Washington, quit paying for wine and beer and start making it.
There you have it. The top 5 reasons why I make wine and beer.
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