Walking in the wild places beyond our own backyards – and yes, beyond the vineyards’ edge – can enrich our lives immensely. Yet, unlike maintaining a vegetable garden or an 80-hectare vineyard, making sense of the natural world simply by the power of our own locomotion can cost very little for the well-being it returns.
If each country/region uses and promotes its membership of GWC and its participation in the Best Of Awards to create that country’s wine tourism benchmark, then it could make the group’s existence and development in its next decade truly worthwhile.
That bottle of Taittinger, wasn’t destined to last long so extracting a corkscrew from the new leather man-bag a rather pleasant Pinot Noir from Jadot (Les Climats, 2004 vintage) was cracked open to accompany the various tit-bits extracted from Waitrose.
"California makes the worst wine in the world," said Grandiose Statement Guy, as he reached for a tasting glass of a red blend I thought he might enjoy. "I'll take a glass of this one! You know my palate well already." I sure do, I thought, as I poured him the requested glass of a Santa Barbara wine. Sigh. There are at least two hundred wine bars in Los Angeles. As one goes out of business, three more pop up - each with something different to offer. As a wine bartender, I'm privy to "behind the counter" info that will make picking your next favorite watering (wine-ering?) hole a piece of cake - and how to make the most of your experience, regardless of your wine knowledge level.