This time of year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, always remind me of traditions. Both my own and others. Everyone has different things that they do this time of year. Some have the same things every year. For others it may change from year to year.
For me, I think of traditions as before my wife and after. Because they really have changed.
Before my wife we had a huge Thanksgiving every year with all my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We usually had between 30 and 40 people. Most of my family lived within an hours drive of each other which made it really easy to get together.
After my wife, we have two different Thanksgivings traditions depending on the year. Every other year we have a quiet Thanksgiving with her family. It’s a day of relaxing, eating great food, drinking, etc…. You know, the traditional festivities.
Things change. Everything eventually does. And so do traditions. Even these traditions, both pre and post wife, have changed over the years. Family members have moved away. Some have started their own traditions.
And if we think back to the original Thanksgiving it looked pretty darn different from the one we have today. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a turkey on the table. But I bet you good money (or maybe some wine) that there was wine on the table.
Come to think of it, wine and the making of it may be the longest standing tradition of all. It dates back to around 6000 B.C. That’s a long, long time. I can’t think of any longer standing traditions except for maybe the sun rising and setting every day.
So, I’m proud to be a part of one of the longest standing traditions. A small part for sure, but a part none the less. I love sharing what happens from grape to glass and how each wine has different characteristics based on soils, temperature, grape varietal, barrels and other factors. But at the end of the day, I hope that what I’m sharing becomes part of our guest’s traditions as well.
Because that’s why we’re really here serving wine. We want people to walk away with an outstanding experience so when they open the bottle, bottles or cases they remember where it came from and what a long-standing tradition it stands for.
Just some thoughts to ponder on this day of tradition.
Later I’ll give a full update on our Thanksgiving this year (and all the different types of wine we had), but until then I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.