Welcome to Second Ferment! Wine pairs well with life ... and food, travel, people, work and play. Grab a glass and join me as I explore the wine scene in Ottawa, Canada, and beyond. Love hearing from my readers, so please leave a comment or drop me a line. Cheers! - Bethany

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

An introduction

FERMENT:
- A state of agitation or of turbulent change or development.
- An agent that precipitates or is capable of precipitating such a state; a catalyst.

Secondary fermentation, in wine terms, is the stage where yeast and sugar are added to a base wine in order to create the fizz in sparkling wine and champagne. The wine undergoes a unique transformation, changing from something ordinary into something extraordinary. That's where I'm at right now - making the change from one state to another.

I agonized for far too long about this blog. What it should be called. What it should comprise, what topics I should explore. And whether or not I should do it at all. I have a terrible history of getting super-psyched about a project and then watching it wither on the vine cuz I’m too scared / lazy / intimidated / busy to make it happen.

So I’ve decided to just giv’r and see what happens. Here goes …

I love wine. I love the smell of it, the taste of it. I love to stick my nose into a glass and fall in love with all the aromas to the point of wanting to just crawl in. I love talking to people about wine. I love reading about it, learning about it, rejoicing in it. I love travelling to places like the Niagara Peninsula where you can smell the fermenting grapes from the road and it’s row after row of lush, green vineyards. (Last time I was there, I mused aloud that I’d like to take a leave of absence and go work in a winery. My husband laughed and said I’d never come back.)

In a perfect world, I would be traipsing all over the globe, visiting the great wine regions, spending long hours talking with winemakers about their passion. I would take luscious pictures of swollen grapes on the vine, of sunsets over rolling hills and of jovial pickers hoisting overflowing baskets over their heads. (Doesn’t that sound idyllic?)

Yes, that would be perfect. Hopefully I will find myself in that heavenly vision someday. In the meantime, I will amuse myself (and hopefully others) by sharing some thoughts on wine and other passions in my life. Welcome to Second Ferment, my little spot in the winosphere.

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