My wine prescription
The weather has become much nicer so I am now very much in the mood to plan lots of exciting wine-related things; I have in fact written myself a wine prescription.
This time last week I was in hospital, nil by mouth and just about to have a tumour removed from my parotid gland.
I didn’t know before my diagnosis what a parotid gland was. It turns out that it’s the largest type of salivary glands we have. Being told that it needed quite urgent removal and what the operation entailed was a bit of a shock. I normally enjoy very good health and this operation, had it gone wrong, could have had devastating consequences not just for my appearance but also for my ability to do my job. Anyway, the operating team seems to have done a brilliant job and I am well on the road to recovery.
My surgeon had told me losing my sense of taste was not one of the risks of the operation but I was still a bit nervous about that too. I am now reassured that this has not been the case. I have tasted 3 different wines since my discharge from hospital just to check. I of course waited until I wasn’t taking painkillers anymore but I was still wearing my anti-embolism stockings when I decided to have the first little glass and I thought that, actually, since wine is blood thinning ( wine spectator) , it might do just as great a job as the said stockings! So I wrote myself a (mental) wine prescription of Costières de Nîmes.
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” – Benjamin Franklin
There’s no doubt that a glass of wine makes people happier but wine also used to be used in medicine by the Egyptians who used it to dissolve and administer herbal concoctions ( Telegraph article) and the romans who used them medicinally in a lot of different ways ( ancient people article)
Had I been in hospital in Paris in the late 19th Century where Pasteur used to work, I might have been given wine in hospital.
“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”-Louis Pasteur
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of (sometimes contradictory) articles written about the health benefits of drinking red wine ( this one for example, where wine has actually been prescribed in hospital ( A glass of red wine please Doctor ) but my own “wine prescription” has nothing to do with them and I also taste and enjoy white and rosé wines.
My wine prescription is broader than just enjoying the odd glass. It’s about being able to throw myself back into my organic wine business after the weeks of uncertainty about how Mimi’s Organic Wines would work if my operation did not go well.
I can now fully embrace the mad activity that spring and summer bring to the wine world.
I can plan BBQ’s wine lists, hen parties and food festivals knowing that I will be fine to attend them myself. I can go and find new lines at organic wine fairs and visit organic vineyards and I look very much forward to receiving my course material for my advance certificate in wine, which I had to postpone due to medical appointments clashing badly with some of the tutorials. My wine prescription is about being able not just to enjoy life again but to savour every moment of it now I know how quickly things you take for granted can be taken away from you.
So cheers everyone. I’ll raise a special glass to the good health of all my readers, my clients and my hard-working suppliers and if you want to do the same then keep visiting my online shop. I will be adding new lines to the few old favourites that are already on there.
A votre santé !
Photo by Julien Tromeur