The Hangover Diary – Part One

Monday, September 05, 2011

The blog is back. Summer vacation was great, but I am excited to return to my personal platform for thoughts and opinions, discourse and dialogue on the widest possible range of wine-related subjects. In the weeks to come a new design and blog template will debut, but for the moment I am sticking to the tried-and-true.

Some weeks ago the following PR pitch arrived in my e-mail:

“Whether it happens because of a family holiday party, a bachelor or bachelorette party, a wedding, or a wine tour that was one stop too long, most people have experienced the dreaded “one-too-many” syndrome. Fast food, soda, saltine crackers, aspirin, sport drinks – we all have our methods for curing the day after effects of a night spent partying with friends into the wee hours. But, no matter what you swear by the headache, upset stomach and altogether “gross” feeling of a hangover always seem to linger with you the entire day. [X] is a new cure that is the first to effectively treat all the symptoms of a hangover with an effervescent tablet you dissolve in water and drink the morning after a big night out. Would you be interested in more information and a sample to try?”

This sort of product is not unique, and the offer to try it immediately causes conflict. Yes, hangovers are a fact of life for most people who drink. For myself, they are to be avoided at all costs. I consider a hangover to be a personal defeat. I know better. I know how to manage alcohol. I know my tolerances and I know that given my profession I am likely to be under particular scrutiny. Am I going to give myself a hangover simply to test out someone’s new product? No way!

On the other hand, I have researched and written about hangovers many times in the past. I have looked at the causes and read about the “cures”, some of which date back centuries, even millennia. I know that readers of my blogs and columns are likely to be curious about any new product with the potential to ease the pain. So I answered the query with a meek “yes, send the product” and tucked it away in a drawer hoping I wouldn’t have the opportunity to test it out.

Many of you know that I live in Waitsburg, Washington. Population 1210. This has been a great summer in Waitsburg, and a number of excellent new businesses have brought an unprecedented liveliness to Main street. Last Saturday, as it happens, the town was buzzing. I did my customary wine tasting in the afternoon, and welcomed a visiting friend to our porch for a glass of wine before dinner. No big deal.

We headed off to jimgermanbar for supper, and found the place packed. My usual habit is to nurse a glass of something light – in this case an Ugni Blanc at about 12% alcohol, and simply enjoy the food and the socializing. But things began to spin out of control.

To Be Continued....

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

P.G., It Happens! lol, Even to us, The tried and True Pro's........LOL the us see Where this goes? Merlotman P.S. Welcome back

Peter Rosback said...

I know what comes next, or, at least, last - Amaro!

PaulG said...

If only that had been true...

Sean P. Sullivan said...

Welcome back!

terroirist said...

Welcome back Paul - you're such a tease...

Unknown said...

Welcome back Paul!

I agree that in our professions being upside down at an industry event is not very serious. What you do on a sunny in W-town is another matter. What happens in Waitsburg, stays in Waitsburg

Nicolas

Larry Olson said...

Glad to have the blog rolling again, Paul. You've been missed!

Have I mentioned that I love Waitsburg? ;)

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