I discovered via Corkd today that long-time, husband-and-wife wine writing duo for the WSJ wrote their final article today (after 12 years!). As someone just starting to hone my knowledge of wine, I found their writing to be infinite wisdom about the personal and sensual experience of wine. That it is first and foremost about the individual, then all the rest follows. I have experienced the criticism they talk about, enjoying a wine that someone else more learned in all things viticulturally snubbed their nose at. It is ultimately more mature to be open-minded as well as deeply personal about the wine you drink, that you share, and that you love. Thank you, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher.
“When it comes to wine, we think the problem is that, over the past decade or so, too many people have come to believe that there is some sort of objective truth about every wine. Two plus two equals four and, right along the same lines, if you drink this wine in the proper order, with the right glass and the correct state of mind, you will see that it is indeed a 91, or a Very Good, or a three-star. This is nonsense…
…In fact, this is, in many ways, what great wine is all about: It is all about you. By allowing other people to ridicule any wine you like or criticize the way you enjoy it, or by allowing others to decide for you what is and is not a fine wine, you are genuinely missing the point of wine, which is this: Your enjoyment of any wine is an extension of yourself, your emotions, your experiences and your circumstances when you drink it. A truly fine wine is like a truly fine poem: It’s not just about what the poet thought or felt when he or she wrote it, but what you thought or felt when you read it. Different people will experience the same exact wine differently, and vive la différence.”
(Full article here.)