Enjoy the Wine. Don't Overthink It. And Thank Your Dad.

While my dad didn't have a mouthful of wine language or a head full of technical wine information, he loved wine
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Styling by Mark Graham, Photo by Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

Dad drank his cabernet sauvignon from juice glasses most often, based on his fond memories of time spent in Italy for work.

I never heard my dad describe a wine aroma or flavor, and I'm sure no one else did either. It's not because he was above it, or beneath it, or opposed to it in any way. I never heard him talk about the constellations, either, but it's not as if he never looked up into the night sky.
 
In fact, had he been exposed to wine education and the intimate culture that surrounds it, he might have gone whole hog. He was into things. He was an expert model-maker, often building airplanes, houses or, in one case, a covered bridge, completely from scratch — following the plans he had hand-drawn. He was a musician, a boater, a war veteran and, because of his work for TWA, a world traveler. Oh, and he built our house. He could create stuff, build it and then fix it when it needed repairs. What he knew, he knew thoroughly, and the same went for what he liked.
 
Cabernet sauvignon was one of those things. It was his favorite wine style, by far. He loved drinking it, loved saying it, loved unwrapping a bottle as a gift on Christmas or his birthday. A lot of times, he pulled the cork that very same day, and other times, when he had a little bit of a back supply, he stashed it away, like a kid hiding chocolate for later.

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