What WINE Pairs With Rejection?

The Story:

I’ve come to realize that not everyone is going to think I’m talented, smart, pretty or funny.  And although my daddy would confirm these things to be true, quite honestly, sometimes I have a hard time convincing myself of it.  It seems like just when I start to “drink my own Kool-Aid,” life knocks me back down to reality.  Suddenly, I’m not that great after all and I find myself searching for a little inner strength.

Why is it that rejection or failure does this to me?  It’s not like I’m 19 and wanting some hot guy to pay attention to me.  I’m a grown woman who should be past the insecurities.    I’ve lived long enough to know my capabilities and strengths as an individual.  Yet, somehow, I recently questioned everything.   Not only did I have writer’s block, I looked at myself, my blog, my dreams…and wished I was someone else.

Who did I want to be?  I don’t know, maybe someone more sophisticated and not so different, especially in terms of my blog and the so-called wine world.  Why couldn’t I just take pretty pictures of wine bottles and talk about obscure varieties?  No, I had to be funny and pair wine with Fruit Roll-ups or a break up.  Who in his or her right mind was going to take me serious?

Truth is, I like pairing wine with Pringles or discussing what wine pairs with your mother-in-law.  That crazy girl in those photos is me.  Sure, sometimes I’m embarrassed by wearing a turkey or hot dog costume, but I want to make you laugh in hopes that you’ll give wine a chance.  What’s so wrong with that?  Plus, there’s real knowledge from years of studying wine packed in those blog posts.

I’ve realized that I can’t be anyone but who I am, no matter how much I wish I was more like someone else.   I’ve followed my heart and gone off the beaten path…  And come to think of it, when you’re out there trekking through the woods, blazing a trail, you’re bound to get a few cuts and bruises.  Suddenly, it all makes sense!

Cheers to never allowing a little rejection stop you from pursuing your dreams or believing you’re not totally awesome!  If you don’t believe it, who will?

The Pairing:

Facing rejection is hard.  You need thick skin to tough it and Nebbiolo, the Italian grape behind such famous wines as Barolo and Barbaresco does just that.  Like you, it’s one of the least known, magnificent wine grapes in the world.

Barolo, in particular, is known to be “the king of wine and wine of kings.”  I figured it was perfect for keeping the belief alive that you rule no matter what!  And since you’re going to be dusting that dirt off your shoulders; dirt being rejection or criticism, and moving forward with your life, the inherent earthiness of the wine is a perfect match.  Plus, its exceptional layers of gorgeous flowers like roses and violets, plus hints of plum, licorice and tar lead to an infinite length of flavor, much like the possibilities your uniqueness holds.  Finally, the wine’s bitter finish relates to it’s time needing to age in bottle, just like the time you’ll need to get over the situation and possibly perfect your craft or self-image.  This aging process also helps the wine to become more mature and ready to drink, get it?  You must be patient and believe that someday your dreams will ripen and produce something as amazing as Barolo!

*Wine used in this photo: 2003 Cavalier Bartolomeo Barolo (Like a cowboy with a sweet side, this wine is full of red fruits, violets, black pepper, milk chocolate and earth on the nose, and raspberry, plum, spice and smoke on the palate.  Nice acidity and extremely long finish…he’s ready to take his boots off and relax!  Drink Now:))

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10 Responses to “What WINE Pairs With Rejection?”

  1. Wayne says:

    Good writing Courtney. Don’t take it too hard. Success is in the journey. These trivial competitions mean nothing to anyone important. The right people will love and appreciate you for you.

    Wayne – Wine Blog Award Loser Three Years Straight!

    • I agree, Wayne. Wise words, my friend! I didn’t think I was going to care…and I really shouldn’t have. I realize part of my journey is learning to look within:) It also helps having friends like you!

      If you don’t win, I have lost all faith in those awards!

  2. Opal says:

    Im proud of u my lil whiner! Well said and well parired! Your comparisions and thoughts are definatly thought provoking and thats a good thing! You’ve been given a gift to take real world matters and successfully pair it with an alcoholic beverage, how many people can say that?! Anyway your time is coming and no matter when where how or why ppl feel someone will always have an opinion. My momma always says u gotta booty hole u gotta opinion. Wheter no one notices or everyone notices what u do, the point is u do it for that pure love of what u love to do. Im proud of you and u are absolutly amazing to me! Put ur faith in the man upstairs n not in man on Earth other wise they’ll let u down everytime! Use all haters, rejectors and negeteers(my made up word for negetive ppl) as building blocks to ur success! As I always say if ppl werent hatin then ur doing something wrong! Let ur light shine n dust the haters off great post my friend great post!!!

    • Thanks for sharing your insight and well wishes:-) I appreciate the time and energy you put into the comment!

      I’ve learned a lot from the situation and feel I have truly grown as a person. Now, I’m putting my faith, as you said, in the man upstairs!


  3. Jeff Eckles says:

    Possibly the most perfect pairing I have ever seen! The strength and power of Nebbiolo, the appreciation you need to truly enjoy it, the way those age-worthy expressions refuse to change what they create to placate the more casual wine drinkers, all characteristics you need when dealing with rejection, criticism, etc. Great job, Courtney.

    • Thanks so much for such a wonderful comment, Jeff! I’m so glad you feel the same way I do about Nebbiolo and I have to agree, you def need appreciation to enjoy it…not everyone can swallow it without a little age;)

      Cheers my friend!

  4. Jen Dahlin says:

    It seems to be Devine intervention that I combed through you blog today and found this post. Your words have struck a deep cord within me and I’m better off for having read it! Thank you for you continued playfulness, wine knowledge and honesty. You are a Rock Star ~ keep it up! There is no one like you and that’s a really good thing!

    Raising my “virtual” glass to blazing a new trail in the Wine Blogging word ~ Cheers to you lady!

    • Jen,

      I’m utterly grateful to you for taking the time to share that with me. I’ve always said that if I can touch just one person, it’s all worth it. Sometimes I’m afraid to open up and be honest, because I truly want the world to think I’m way stronger than I really am. Thank you for allowing me to share my insecurities and weaknesses with you and for making me feel like I’m not the only one who feels this way. Believe me, I probably know exactly what you’re going through. Cheers to being fearless and getting to know great people just like you!



  5. Thanks for your honesty. A brief moment of insecurity keeps us humble yet reminds us to celebrate our individuality and greatness. Love your blog, keep providing “non-traditional” pairings because wine is designed to be shared with life experiences.


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