So it happened early this summer. I was at the wine section of the supermarket buying some wine for the house. A young couple was there trying to pick a bottle and conducting a debate about what to buy. The gentleman must have seen that I had several bottles in my cart (you get a discount when you buy six) and asked me, "Is this a good wine?" He was holding a bottle of wine that shall go nameless.
It was their lucky day! Did he somehow know that I was very familiar with wines? I would equate this to going on a vacation and asking a stranger to take a picture of you and your family at a famous tourist spot and having that stranger turn out to be someone like Ansel Adams or a Dorothea Lange. They would not just point and shoot. They would take your little disposable camera and try to take a photograph worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. Well, I was that stranger!
The couple had been tasked with bringing a bottle of wine to a friendly get together and did not want to choose something out of ignorance. I asked them what they were looking for and then proceeded to introduce them to a few bottles that would meet their needs. They were very grateful and I was glad to have helped. I was high as a kite! I felt like a Grand Master Sommelier that had just help save the world from disaster.
Since that day, I make it a point to go to the wine section of any store that I may be in and check to see if there is anyone there that needs my help. I only approach people that look like they may be struggling. They will have this intense look of concentration and will sometimes have their hand on the side of their face. I ask, "Can I help you pick a wine?" In all but one occasion the person responds with, "I'm looking for something sweet." What they are really saying is that they want something fruity and not tannic. We will save that for another post. In the mean time, I will continue to do my part in making this world a better place and hook people up with the right wine.
What do you do to make the world a better place? See you in the supermarket!