Assume a virtue if you have it not . . . Hamlet III, iv, 181
It's the sad fate of most resolutions made on January 1 to come to nothing - or at least a lot less than we hoped for. While some worthy ambitions are dashed on the rocks of circumstance or opposition, others are victimized by that inner saboteur we all know to be resistant to change of any kind.
Making an enthusiastic start seems to be important with these resolution things; so is having a plan that calls for a series of manageable steps rather than impossible leaps. Sometimes, as the Hamlet quote suggests, the way to get started is just to pretend to be the person you want to be - and let the force of habit do the rest.
If the person you aspire to be in 2012 is, among other things, a bit savvier about buying and consuming wine than the one I'm addressing right now, consider a little pretending along the lines of the ten recommendations you see below. It's the same list I've offered for years to attendees at Globe Insider events I co-host with food editor Sheryl Julian.
- Have a house pour you love.
- Purchase by the case rather than the bottle
- Build yourself a "cellar"
- Find a great local wine shop and give it your loyalty
- Taste comparatively, in context, with others
- Buy decent glassware
- Use a Vacu-vin or its equivalent
- Learn to write a tasting note
- Own and consult a good general purpose reference book
- Subscribe to a useful newsletter or blog