Burum Collective Column Wine & Resolutions
Written by Rachel Hendry
It is a new year and the chorus for change is inescapable, echoing throughout every turn.
I am tired of striving to be smaller—”stupid girls are always trying to dissapear as revenge, and you are not stupid”—so in 2022 I am asking for abundance only. I want to swim more, fingerprints constructed of puckered wrinkles, and I am swapping my spotify algorithms for the radio so my ears can exist outside of stagnant repetition. I have also resolved to receive five rejections, a goal that I hope will not only help me to dream bigger, but to practice asking for it, too.
Rachel Connolly wrote brilliantly on resolutions as attempts at self improvement that serve no one, and how instead she starts each year deciding what it is she loves that she would like to do more of.
Perhaps you too are asking for more of what you love this year, and perhaps that comes in the form of wine.
Wine is daunting, we know this, but it is also joy and occasion, fun and frivolity. Something everyone is deserving of. If wine is an appreciation you would like to harness more of this year here are some ways you can go about it:
Try one new grape, or style of wine, each month. Our favourites exist for a reason and I’m not saying this is the year to abandon them completely, but trying a wine, colour, or sparkling method you haven’t drunk before is an adventure. One that will not only expand your awareness of what wine can be outside of routine and habit, but that can also be had from the comfort of your sofa, too.
Only drink wine from one country this year. One country can be home to countless winemaking regions and each region in turn home to an array of grapes, colours and styles of wines. There is a reason wine professionals can dedicate a lifetime to studying one place and one place only. Honing in your wine via location might make choosing a more manageable process, whilst also working to highlight just how varied and versatile wine can be.
Ask for advice and recommendations. Most of my favourite albums, films and tv shows of last year were recommendations from friends and family. To be honest, part of my decision to switch to the radio this year is because I become lifeless and lacklustre in my playlists, struggling to discover joy outside of what is safe and known to me. Wine is a wonderful way to embrace curiosity and connect with others in the process. Talk to the people who work at your local wine shop, or ask a friend or colleague if they’ve drunk anything nice recently, you’d be amazed at what you discover.
I hope that, however you choose to drink this year, your wine brings you nothing but festivity and comfort, celebrating and soothing in equal measure. It’s the least you deserve.