Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The horizontal and vertical tasting... La dégustation horizontale et verticale...

The past is my potion, my wine ...

For me, wine is perhaps life's greatest intellectual and sensual pursuit...

Ah, life’s better moments are usually had at the table, often around memorable bottles of wine…For me, wine is not a stylistic exercise, as the world is overflowing with standardized and international wines. What makes a wine interesting, or memorable, is its [regional] typicity, complexity, classical elegance, and freshness. A wine should feature a wide palette of interesting aromas and flavours, which are not all necessarily easily discernible. Freshness is more important today than ever before, to counterbalance the rising tendency for concentration in most wines, while in the past, wines conversely tended to be more acidic and lacking in structure.

Our wines are best suited with dishes low in acidity, such as most meats, particularly veal. I have a wide ranging taste in wines, and will buy them, as long as they have a soul and a story to tell. More recently, I have come to collect Italian wines, including top Barolos and Barbarescos from the Piedmont that are outstanding, as well Nero d’Avolas from Sicily, which are my latest discovery…

For me wine is pleasurable exploration... through grape varieties, wine styles, and landscapes, and of course in encounter with producers and wine people.

Le passé est mon philtre, mon vin...

Sans lui je ne suis plus personne
Vite, fuir cet immonde destin
Je pars ailleurs, au plus loin
Adieu Madrid, hola Barcelone

J’admire déjà les lumières catalanes
Et les belles nuits, univers rassurant
Que j’aime que tout soit différent
Il me faut retrouver Esteban

Ah que j’aimerai remonter le temps
Comme hier tout parait sécurisant
Vivons le passé, adieu le présent ?
Hier comme je me sentais vivant !

La lumière vient de mon hier
C’est en elle que je peux viser demain
En elle que je reviendrai sur terre
Que je vivrai à nouveau en humain

Le passé est mon philtre, mon vin
C’est en lui que je noie ce vieil ennemi
Ce n’était pas une fuite en vain
Je souris à niveau aujourd’hui

Je peux enfin revenir chez les vivants
Encore un peu morte, sans doute
Mais je peux continuer ma route
Et à nouveau aimer un enfant

Pedro Almodovar et Charles Baudelaire
deux artistes que j’admire...

"Ten Spiritual Tonics...
1. Stop worrying. Worry kills life.
2. Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.
3. Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind.
4. Accept your limitations . . .
5. Don?t envy. It wastes time and energy.
6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your views.
9. Spend some time alone for the peace of solitude and silence.
10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want."
Abraham L. Feinberg

Enjoy this video describing wine bottle sizes...

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