We all want authentic wines, or at least it’s currently fashionable to say so. But do we really want wines to taste authentically of their place instead of aiming for the flavors we value the most?
"Sparkling wine is the pinnacle of winemaking. It’s very difficult to make a really exciting sparkling wine. It’s one of the holy grails of winemaking! It’s a very tough thing to get right."
Two years ago I happened upon a terrific story about a post-Communist comeback, of a family reclaiming its heritage after a Marxist dictator took it away. I'm sorry it took me so long to tell it, but better late than never.
There are wine drinkers who enjoy La Spinetta and Sine Qua Non; I used to be that guy. But for wine lovers just beginning a collection, I would offer advice that I wish someone had offered me years ago.
The international authority on chimpanzees taught me something about wine this past month.