For, as a symphony is a deliberate, balanced blend of instrumented sounds to produce rich music that speaks to our souls, so a really good wine is a blend of grapes, fruits, spices, and oak deliberately blended to produce a rich drink that enhances our moments.
I had never understood before what was meant by the complexity of wine until my sons pointed it out to me and showed me examples. What I discovered was how a good wine was indeed a symphony of tastes and smells that changed as you drank it. The aroma can speak of the earth, or tart fruits, or exotic spices. A fine red will use its aroma while chilled to hint at the tastes it contains, and then reveal them more and more as it warms in your glass. The flavor does the same, with fruits and spices coming through as it warms and ending with a vanilla-oak fragrance that makes smelling a nearly empty glass nearly as stimulating as tasting the drink.
Such richness in aroma and taste can compliment various foods and when a wine is "paired" with a food so that each brings out the best in the other, the result is magical. Making such pairings is the specialty of sommeliers (wine experts). But even beyond food pairings is, I believe, the pairing of a wine with an occasion. In the company of friends and family, especially at a meaningful time, a rich wine can lend its symphonic complexity to a time and place and fellowship, and elevate it from good to memorable. Such a pairing can make you sentimental about a particular wine.
My sons have thrown themselves into wines with more passion than I've seen from them for anything since practicing Kung Fu and learning Mandarin. Dillon has already earned his first level Sommelier pin and Thomas is working on his. They have begun offering their services to officiate wine tastings (where they help people choose wines to share with friends as they "sip-and-learn"). They can also recommend and serve wines at weddings, parties, and any occasion people want to enhance with a good wine.
Thomas and Dillon have a Facebook page here. They've also started a blog where they'll write about wines and tell about their experiences with them, and make recommendations. Their first entry is about an Argentinian wine called Ca De Calle that I also recall as being a very good one that demonstrates what is meant by a "complex wine." You can read about it here.
Yes, I understand the wine passion. It's far more than just drinking.