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Recently, while in college, I studied German for a couple of years.

Shortly after graduating from college, I spent two years in Germany and discovered that learning a language academically is very different from living the language. Yes, I could stumble across a sentence, but I was happy that the Germans I interacted with knew English better than I knew German. I have found that it is better to keep quiet and let the other person speak for me. In my case, silence was golden!

Silence has always been important to me. I hope you are looking for it too. It was a moment I was always looking for, and one of those sites I visited was the library. For many years I took them for granted. They were always there for me and I could find or order any book I wanted. Yes, I calmly took them for granted.

When wine became my passion, I discovered that there is a similarity between a library and a glass of fine wine. What was that resemblance? Well, I finally narrowed it down to three items, and now I’m sharing them with you.

First of all, the library has the opportunity to freely obtain and read any published book. I don’t take it for granted. As you know, in today’s world there are attempts to limit the availability of books, and this is sad. I will always stand for free and open access to books in the library. Likewise, wine has fallen on hard times over the years.

Wine has been restricted in many parts of the world because of its bad effects on people and society. Then, of course, there were diseases that destroyed the vines. And in our country there was a period called “dry law”. Yes, many trials, but the wine kept going and silently won all the battles.

So to celebrate the frost resistance of the wine, I will raise a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon. In its quiet aromas and flavors, you will find the power that wine offers you.

Second, the library gives each of us the opportunity to learn. It’s a safe haven for research and reading. While looking through old books, I came across a book from 1929 called “Good manners are solid etiquette tips.” I was interested to know how often a reader is told that silence is a good tone. Whether the person is eating, at a party, or meeting someone for the first time, you always let the other person speak first. It was a sign of respect.

In the same way, the world of wine gives us a great opportunity to learn about wine in the quiet of an evening hug. It would be interesting to know how much time I spent studying wine and sipping wine. Oh! This part of sipping can be too much to learn!

But isn’t doing something part of learning? You can look at the bluff and admire it. However, it’s a whole different ball game when you go up on the bluff. That’s when the silence of the ascent is overcome by heavy breathing, right? Fortunately, he climbed in, drank – life is good.

This is why I love a glass of Portuguese wine called Silk & Spice. This is a wonderfully seductive white blend of Portuguese wines with peach flavors that speak to you very gently. I recommend you taste this wine on your own so you can hear everything the wine is trying to tell you.

And finally I learned the language of silence in the library. Obviously, the playground is not always quiet from the excitement of children and the chatter of adults, and that’s okay. In the silence that the library offers, I feel connected to it and can relax.

Most of us live in a noisy environment. Work can be quite noisy or family. None of these situations are bad, and I hope you enjoy them. I learned about the noise on the farm and live with the consequences of that noisy time. I don’t have any bad feelings about that period of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Despite the hustle and bustle of farm life, I found plenty of quiet time walking in the fields and hiking through our grove.

I learned to enjoy a glass of Chardonnay in a noisy social environment and by trying a glass myself. A good Chardonnay is Clos du Bois from California. It is especially nice after a noisy party, when you silently enjoy the apple flavor of the wine with a hint of vanilla. Very nice!

Even in the midst of a noisy block party, I noticed a stillness. I did this without focusing on the music or the communication, but looking at the beautiful trees that stood high up. It may sound strange, but the noise disappeared as I listened to the gentle breeze drift through the trees. You can find silence everywhere.

The Swedes have a wonderful word for finding balance in life. The word is lagom and it is a way to find moderation and balance the noise of your life with the stillness within it. For that balance in the wine, I would suggest tasting the Apothic Red Blend. Find a quiet spot and look for the rich cherry flavor of the wine and the richness of its finish. Rock!

I have a long way to go before I can speak German fluently. However, I like to think that I have a Ph.D. In the language of silence.

May you always find balance in your life and listen to the sound of silence.

As always, eat and drink in moderation, but laugh recklessly!

Cheers!

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