W W W. C R A F T BY U M H . C O M VINE NOT By Erin Jimcosky Photography by Philip Jimcosky Wine. Why is it such an intimidating topic to so many? I get it, I do. I used to be really freaked out by buying wine. In my 20s, I had a fancy, wine drink- ing friend. When she’d invite me to dinner, I’d pop on into Fred Meyer and nervously grab any red wine that said “Reserve” on it; not many bottles at the grocery store did, so I guessed that Reserve wine must be fancy. I never bought white wine. I never bought pink wine. I always bought red because anything else probably wasn’t classy or smart enough, and I didn’t want to look like a rube. Since then, I’ve learned a few things about wine. First, that friend was actu- ally kind of a snob. I used to write about the wine world a bit in a previous job and until a couple months ago, I lived surrounded by wine in Sonoma County where I learned a lot. This is where the second thing I learned comes in; wine isn’t snooty. Wine doesn’t think you’re stupid. No winemaker is go- ing to assume you’re an idiot because you asked questions or dared to drink rosé. In fact, that winemaker is going to be stoked that you’re interested and happy you like the rosé she or he made. Those of us on the outside are the ones that build it up and the Frasier Cranes of the world only make matters worse. This column isn’t for the aficionado, (although they might be interested in my recommendations). This column is for those of you who are interested in wine but aren’t sure where to start. I hope I am able to help you riddle a few things out. Potential Topics: Vintage versus non-wintage? What on earth does this mean? What does reserve mean? What the heck is a Priorat? Champagne? Cava? Sekt? What’s the difference? BOTTLES TO TRY F armhouse W ine Farmhouse Wines are grown and made just a quick walk away from my old house in Sonoma County. These red and white blended wines from Cline, are sustainably grown, afford- able, and are very easy to pop on the table at mealtimes. L eaf & V ine The award-winning winemaker at Leaf & Vine is definitely one to watch. His chardonnay is what I would describe as a thinking per- son’s chardonnay, and his zinfandel is complex and delicious. I highly recommend them both. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter with wine questions you’d like me to cover @ErinDLit! If I don’t know the answers, I will ask the pros who do. © Hundred-to-One LLC 2018. All rights reserved.