Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Full Bodied

I was enjoying a glass of wine last night after the kids were in bed and I was thinking about why I like full bodied red wines rather than lighter white wines. It brought back a memory of a wine tasting video that I watched a while back. In the video they talked about people called supertasters. For someone who prides hereself on her cooking abilities this term sounded like some super power that I just had to have... Like I could sweep in and save the culinary day somehow with sensory prowess and sensitivity. Supertasters are not the ones you invite to your dinner parties, however. They tend to be picky eaters... because when you taste too much you can be overwhelmed by almost anything. A plate of spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce might make your head spin... so you might opt for the butter sauce instead. This is not who I am... I like my wine red, my beer bitter, my coffee strong, and my chocolate dark. I like my gumbo spicy and my curry... well... curried. I love intense flavors... but I'm not so sure that I want to taste them more intensely. Watching my 2 and half year old experiencing life makes me think about what it must be like to live in a world of hightened senses. It would be interesting for sure... but overwhelming in the long run. Me... I prefer to stumble through life half blind... eating my spicy foods and drinking my rich beverages and being just a little bit numb to the sensory overload that is this world.

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