What you think you see and what you are actually seeing are two different things. How many times have you heard that? In my case, it was far truer than I could have imagined. One week prior to this year’s Wine Blogger’s Conference, WBC18, I had the first of two eye surgeries to remove cataracts. I have worn glasses since I was three years old and have hoped every year would be the year the eye doc said, “this is the year,” and he finally did!
This is the third Wine Blogger’s Conference for Winery Wanderings. Lodi was amazing. We were new to the blogging world, new to the Blogger’s Conference and really just getting our feet wet. Last year in Santa Rosa, we felt like veterans. We had reached our first goal of over 1,000 Twitter followers, more than a dozen blog posts and amazing wine experiences in multiple wine regions. This year’s WBC18 will be the best yet. We now have 2,000 Twitter followers, an extensive library of blog posts and an entire crew of great WBC friends that we can’t wait to reconnect with. But, this year will be different for another important reason as well. This year I will know what I was missing, at least for seeing wine’s true color and clarity.
I always thought I saw the true colors of wine through my eyes. How would I know otherwise, these are the only eyes I have. Now I know I could not have been more wrong! I’ve been seeing things through a cloud. It is like when you put a filter on your camera lens to soften a photo, but you never get to see the original. I now have one eye that is 20/20. The next eye will be done the week after WBC18. Even with one corrected eye, I am seeing colors that are brighter, sharper and clearer than ever before.
Can sight influence taste? I really think it can. Does what you see change what you taste? I will be able to test that theory with every sip. I cannot wait for speed tasting to match my new sight to the taste. Will everything be more
vibrant? Will I have a new found enjoyment of wine and the experience of tasting wine at its source?
When you see me at WBC18 holding my hand over one eye and then switching hands, I’m trying to
see the difference between my good eye and the not yet repaired eye. What will happen the following week when both ares are seeing exactly what they were meant to see?
This was a procedure I had been looking forward to for a very long time and now I know my excitement was well warranted, it is nothing short of a medical miracle!