Yesterday I had a casual dinner with my girlfriends. I don’t see them daily, so it is always a treat to sit down, relax, eat, and have few drinks together. Of course, we talk a lot, which, at least for me, is the essential thing to do. The main topic was career or no career? One of my girlfriends is a true work-alcoholic. She has a demanding boss on top of a very stressful job; it seems like she is on a deadline every single time I see her. Another girlfriend has a job, but it is more of a 9-5 with no stress involved. She has a husband and stable lifestyle. Not hard to guess, but my career friend is single (and extremely beautiful, by the way). My non career friend was all for having a career while you can, because one day it will all change into chasing after diapers and ironing boards. However, my career friend is almost 100% convinced that the reason for being single is her career. So, what is the answer: career or no career?
I came home from the dinner and had to open a bottle of wine since it wasn’t bed time yet. It was Willi Schaefer, Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelreich, Mosel, Germany, ’08. I just got back from Los Angeles and came across a wine list that said in big bold letters: If you don’t like Riesling-you are wrong. Quite a pompous statement, but I couldn’t agree more. Riesling was my first task as a young sommelier and ever since it has been one of my favorite wines. I must have a bottle of Riesling in my fridge at all times. It is almost as necessary as salt and pepper. If you would ask any sommelier what wine they would take to the desert or drink before they die, it probably would be down to a choice between Riesling and Champagne. I wish Riesling were enjoyed more often. German Riesling is one of my favorites. Is it sweet? Sweet is not the right word to describe it. Yes, Kabinett level Riesling has a hint of sweetness, but it is so balanced with freshness and acidity that you almost don’t feel the sugar at all. If you drink this wine with spicy food you will be blown away by how perfect they are together. Willi Schaefer Riesling is one of the best from the Mosel region. I can’t even put my finger why it is so good and stands out from the others. It might be as simple as the fact that it is just really good: green apples, pink peppercorns, slate, juiciness, brightness and liveliness all in one sip.
Wine is more than just a career to me. While drinking my Riesling, I was thinking about my life. Is my career the reason I am single? Most defiantly it is, at least partly. I not only work all the time, but I am totally consumed by what I do. I am a strong believer in balance, but as you know it is an almost idealistic thing to achieve. You can achieve anything you want in life if you make it your priority and focus. I struggle to make relationships my priority since I don’t even have a relationship in mind. Part of me sometimes wants to sit and relax and forget about my career. Maybe I should go and wait tables? It has crossed my mind on several occasions, but deep down I know I would be so miserable doing just that. Tonight, with a glass of Willi Schaefer Riesling in my hand, I made a peace with a dilemma: career it is. At least for now.