40- to 50-year-olds
So you are now in the peak earning years of your lives. You’ve saved up the money to send the kids off to college; why, you might even have one living in the basement at this point saving up to move out when and if he marries and has kids. The mortgage is under control, and you both need and deserve to indulge yourself a bit. The greatest indulgence being cacations! Now’s the time to get out there and explore the world of wine with your boots on the ground.
Yes siree Bob, you’re going to Napa Valley, or Santa Barbara, or the Willamette Valley and you are LOVING IT! This is the Sideways time in your life, a total body, full immersion experience that includes great accommodations, exceptional meals, private tours and mailing lists! Lots of mailing lists, which pretty much locks you into domestic wine. You’re most likely gonna go gaga for Pinot Noir and that will fuel much of your excitement for the coming years, though those old-vine Zins (oh, the history!) have also started to creep into your life.
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