Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Anatoli, and you can call me the wine guy if you wish.
I would love to tell you that wine was for me the love from first sight, but that wouldn’t be true. I also can’t name that life-changing bottle of wine which made me an oenophile instantly and forever. My love story with wine was unfolding at a slow pace, including the appropriate share of the White Zinfandel, Peach Canei, cute creature labels and $7 Bordeaux from the discount food store. It also included a simple thought that anyone spending more than $5 on a bottle of wine simply has no idea what to do with their money.
But together with all that, an oenophile, a wine aficionado and a wine snob were developing slowly and surely. The appreciation for the land, the appreciation for the hard work, and most importantly, the appreciation for the passion and obsession of the people making the magic happen in the bottle, was developing alongside of that slow process. And it slowly grew into an obsession and fascination of my own – for the mystery of the wine, for the thrill of anticipation of what might be hiding behind that cork, for the transformational abilities of seemingly simple white and red liquid in the glass. The stronger my obsession was becoming, the stronger was the desire to share it with the world – and this is how my own blog, Talk-a-Vino, was born about 5 years ago. From there on, the obsession grew even stronger, and I’m glad to share it with the world – and you.
Now, let me tell you why I am here talking to you from the pages of The Dinner Party Collective. Wine is a social phenomenon. For the full enjoyment, it requires two elements – food and company. Yes, you can perfectly have a bottle of wine all for yourself – but when you have someone next to you to discuss the experience and share the emotional state, this greatly enhances the pleasure of drinking that same wine. Same is true for the food – when wine and food work together, they elevate each other and create the best experience ever.
Think about the communal table, with food, wine and happy people – isn’t it where the happiness and the best experiences of life are created? I hope we will be able to help you to create those happy people moments more often. Let’s make a deal – we will give you the ideas for the food and wine, and you bring together the company. Deal? Let’s go then!