Jwise, Enjoyed Your Story!
Thanks for sharing your story and I must say the accuracy of your spelling was impressive considering three drams were keeping you company.
I had to chuckle at your early "tastings" of Rebel. Reminded me of my under aged lip locks with Mad Dog 20/20...boy that stuff was nasty!
I too have been into the wine experience (curiosity fueled by my early exposure to MD20/20 perhaps? lol) for a number of years and helped me prepare for my journey into SMSW. Like you, I remember being in a NY bar and they had a lengthy menu selection of SMSW. Although I was curious and tempted to try a dram, it was Greek to me, I passed on the opportunity and ended up waiting another 3-4 years before indulging.