Some days â€“ you just have to take a break.Â And that is hard.Â Being unemployed, or about to be unemployed, or thinking you might be unemployed soon â€“ man â€“ the last thing you want to do is take a break.Â But brother, or sister, you just have to.Â
I know days seem to slip on by, like sand through an hour glass.Â And after a few months, the sand moves faster, does it not seem?Â I am not trying to discourage you.Â The point is days will go by regardless of what you do.Â And if you do nothing but job hunt and job hunt, you will burn yourself out and maybe your family too.Â
In previous post and articles, I have talked about daily renewal.Â I have talked about Dr. Coveyâ€™s teachings on â€œsharpening the saw,â€ that is, taking care of the goose, so the goose (you) can continue to lay those golden eggs.Â Every day, you need to do 30 minutes of physical exercise; read a meaningful book for 15 to 20 minutes a day; and for your mental well-being, spend time with your family or social group â€“ bond and connect.
Start a hobby.Â While you are networking, researching, typing, reading, calling, and everything else that you do, start a hobby.Â I am going to give you a hobby.Â Wine.Â I love wine.Â I have been a wine geek for a very long time.Â Wine is such a great thing to get into.Â (By the way, there is an ulterior motive, right).
I actually decided to write about wines because someone (today) told me that his wife wanted to start drinking red wines.Â She had been drink whites but felt it time to try reds.Â So, he asked for some advice on how best approach red wines.Â Actually it is a really good question.Â If you know red wines, than you know that the range of â€œdrinkableâ€ reds for beginners is quite narrow.Â After all, the last thing, you want to recommend is a â€œbigâ€ California Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.5% alcohol.Â Â
Guaranteed, the newbieâ€™s will never drink red again.Â And it is pricey!
So, here was my recommendation.Â Start with a Gallo Hearty Burgundy.Â No laughing here!Â Gallo Hearty Burgundy has always been a great place to start because it has moderate tannins with a touch of acidity which gives it a smooth, balance finish.Â That is key.Â Â A very tannic wine is like sucking on a tree bark.Â It is like having cotton mouth in the morning.Â It is not a very pleasant sensation for the beginners.
And price is important.Â Starting out and experimenting means starting with affordable wines.Â A place to start could be a Beaujolais Villages, but here in Hawaii, that goes for 14 to 15 bucks.Â Gallo Hearty Burgundy is under 5 bucks.Â Beaujolaisâ€™ are a light red wine with refreshing acidity and a touch of tannins for body.Â It has nice floral aromas, and most beginners probably would not taste the red berries in the wine.Â But, it is three times the cost of a Hearty Burgundy.Â Â Start cheap.
From there, move on to mostly Merlots, before moving to Blends, and lastly to either Cabernets or Syrahs.Â The progression follows the levels of tannins and acids.Â Beginners do better with lower tannins with some acidity.Â As the taste develops, then the progression is to higher levels of tannins and lower levels of acids.
Alcohol tends to reinforce the tannic feel of red wine, so for beginners â€“ the start point is lower levels, say around 10 to 11 %.Â Again, as the taste develops, you would move gradually toward higher alcohol content wines.Â Of course, I have never been that crazy about these 14 to 15 % alcohol reds from California.Â I mostly drink wines with dinner and there is a reason why European wines tend to level out at 12%.Â You do not want the alcohol to dominate your taste buds.
Depending on the prices in your area, you could go from Merlots to an Italian Dolcetto dâ€™Alba or even a Bordeaux blend like Chateau Parenchere or Chateau Ricaud (both should about 14 bucks or so).
Now, here is what could happen.Â You start drinking some Gallo Hearty Burgundy.Â It runs about 3 or 4 bucks, not too bad, and decent bottle to boot.Â And you think, hey, that shelf talker on that wine says that it is an Australian Shiraz Cabernet.Â It says that the wine is fruity with moderate tannins and fun to drink.Â Sounds a bit like what Jack recommends.Â And it is not too expensive, about 4 or 5 bucks.Â So you take home and have it with pork chops.
There is a wine tasting at the local wine shop on Tuesday night.Â 25 Bucks and you get to taste 10 to 15 different bottles, or it might even be free.Â So you go and taste a few bottles, interesting â€“ you meet new people.Â How is that elevator speech coming along?
You find out about other wine tasting nights.Â Could be a good way to build your network, meet new people.Â
And here is a prejudice view.Â Most people that really enjoy wine tend to be educated and employed.Â Â I could be wrong.Â They have some degree of connection to the business world.Â I could be wrong.Â Or I could be right.Â It is all very moot, though.Â Because I am suggesting that you start a hobby, if you do not already have one.Â
I am giving you an example of how to start enjoying red wines, assuming you are not familiar with wines.Â Â
I am also suggesting that a byproduct of learning wines can result in some quality network possibilities.Â Â In fact, whether you start attending wine tastings or join a local jogging group or a local job support group or start playing chess or whatever it may be, do so because you want to be a part of that group, and let the networking flow naturally from that.Â Â Some real possibilities.
Again, it can be anything.Â And the networking is a natural extension of you learning or seeking out a new hobby.Â Because, if you do nothing but job search, if you lose sight of the forest, if you lose sight of what is most important â€“ your well-being and your family, then you may lose more than your job.
Take care of yourself.