Guy needs reassurance that fishermen drink…

A handsome-looking blog Fermentation may be (wine is clearly the niche if you’re looking for sponsors) but I do think author Tom Wark frets unduly when wondering “Is fly fishing and wine appreciation a bit far afield from one another to make sense?”

His question is triggered by Wine on the Fly (“join four elite Napa Valley wineries in Big Sky Montana, for fine wines and fly fishing”) and the whole blending-lifestyles movement that it represents.

Always happy to help a drinker find clarity (goodness knows, I’ve been on the other end of that deal often enough) I’d suggest to Tom that the only things that may be a bit far afield from one another to make sense are the respective definitions of “appreciation” by those who produce wine and those who consume it.

If the good people of Napa Valley are gratified by watching a man in waders polish off half a glassful in one go before waving his glass  encouragingly  under the waiter’s nose in the style of Dan Ackroyd in the Blues Brothers‘ restaurant scene then the alliance should go swimmingly.

If they’re expecting us to sniff the stuff first and declare ourselves tickled by its impertinence on a regular basis, on the other hand, then yes, there could be friction. Somewhere between the two extremes, however, I’m sure we could work something out.

When all’s said and done, the only lifestyle blend you really need worry about it is wine and neurosurgery…


One thought on “Guy needs reassurance that fishermen drink…

  1. I too believe something can be worked out….and it already is. For much of the last week I’ve been attending the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave in Loveland, Colorado. One of the oldest gatherings of fly fishers in the country. These men and women love to fish, they love to tie flies and I can tell you without hesitation that they love fine beverages including wine.

    What makes the connection stronger is when the winery, brewery or distillery actually offers a quality product, a nice experience, and gives a darn about the fishing and fisheries conservation community. Dry Fly Distillery, our own StoneFly Vineyards and Dancing Trout Beer are delivering on this front in my opinion. And along the way we are making friends with some fantastic people who each express their “appreciation” differently.

    Thanks Much,

    Nick Papadopoulos
    StoneFly Vineyards

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