Well honestly, there are hundreds of reasons. Yet I was reminded of one of them last night: it has a unique power to bring people together. Almost everyone has a wine story to tell, whether they're an oenophile or a total neophyte.
When people find out what I do for a living, they inevitably want to ask me a question, tell me a story, or both. SInce I love teaching, and love hearing stories, that works just fine for me. Last night's was about a youthful dalliance with late-harvest Riesling and the brutal resulting hangover, and it gave me a chance to explain that 1) wines with residual sugar will hurt you the next day, especially if you have two bottles of it! and 2) Riesling is worth a second chance. In a world of great wine, there are few things that compare to a beautifully-made Riesling from the Mosel Valley, or Alsace.