Archive for the ‘Culture and Wine’ Category

Apr 25, 2005

I think I’m Turning European…I really think so

Wall Street Journal wine writers Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, in writing about the loosening of state laws that make access to wine easier, made note that what we need to develop in this country is a "Culture of Wine." You hear a lot about different "Cultures" these days: "Culture of Death", "Culture of Life", "gay sub-cultures"….All these cultures are pretty hard to define.  They usually mean something different depending on what the user of the phrase believes. But, it…

Apr 11, 2005

Real Art for Real Wine Lovers

             In the course of feeding your passion for wine you come across various "accessories" that you are told you must have in order to do it right: Corkscrews that look like animals, 2000-bottle freestanding cabinets, cute "wine charms". The list of wine accessories is mighty. Then there is wine art. That weird genre in which landscapes and bottles are represented in normally very amateurish or cute ways. But sometimes you come across an artist whose…

Apr 6, 2005

Wines of Humility

Winefairy.com has produced an outstanding interview with Jonathon Nossiter (you can listen to it at the winefairy website), director of the controversial film Mondovino and chief propagandist for Romance. In the interview, conducted by Wine Fairy Lynn Chamberlain, Nossiter makes a statement that should be understood by anyone who believes wine is best when it reflects the terroir where it was made. Nossiter suggests that the meaning of terroir should be amended to mean the culture and traditions of a…

Apr 5, 2005

Which Wine with a Perfect Day?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why today isn’t declared a national holiday. Today is opening day of the San Francisco Giants baseball season. This special day only confirms that spring has actually arrived. Forget budbreak, forget the spring equinox. Spring officially begins when the Giants take the field. The only thing really bad about today is I won’t be at the game. I’ll be working. But, i read that one of my favorite restaurants near the…

Apr 4, 2005

Sandra Gonzalez IS Vino Con Vida

I don’t recall when I first came across Sandra Gonzalez. I think it was probably around two years ago. I’d  probably seen an article somewhere and tracked down the author. When we spoke and e-mailed Ms. Gonzalez explained she was engaged in a mission to bring wine and the Latino culture together. You don’t hear this sort of thing in the wine business. Once you move out of the vineyards you notice pretty quick that the wine industry is not…