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Winegrowers are confronted with more natural and manmade calamities than you and I can possibly imagine. What would you do, for example, if a few days before harvesting the grapes, there is an unanticipated, hard frost that freezes your grapes? Like any good farmer-survivalist, you pick and press ‘em as fast as possible to see what the heck comes of it.
My wife recently asked my opinion on a colorful, acrylic painting that she was working on. I am always available to critically evaluate someone else’s creative efforts—irrespective of the medium—particularly when I have zero training or expertise in it. And so, I delivered my pontification. “The orange pumpkin looks a little flat and one dimensional. It needs more depth and texture.
Lettie Teague’s 10/23/14 Wall Street Journal article on Pinot Grigio—specifically the high quality, northern Italian producers—brought to mind an experience I had some time ago with a California version of Pinot Grigio. After swirling, sniffing and sipping, I quickly checked the label to verify what I just tasted.
When it comes to marketing wines, producers need to consider which details are important to the ultimate consumer. While I often poke fun at the “prettiest label” phenomenon, it is clearly an effective motivator. Surely, if the bottle’s label is appealing to the eyes, its contents should also be pleasing to the palate.
I recently endured the unforgettable joys of recuperating from total knee replacement surgery. During the many weeks of therapy, I had numerous opportunities to explore the essential and intriguing aspects of wine appreciation. One morning while my wife was off to the golf course in pursuit of perfection—which that the sport firmly denies—I had this pre-coffee urge to enjoy a b ...
A very personal account—a kind of oenophile’s diary—of experiences and observations while exploring the fascinating world of wine appreciation.