In a few short days, I will be landing in Barcelona with the rest of David Bowler Wine as we make our way through some of the best vineyards in Spain and France. I have been to France three times, but the closest I came to a vineyard was driving through the hills of Provence on my way to Marseille. Though a few hours in Marseille and endless carafes of rosé will be in order, my attention will be glued to the vineyards of the Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and Rhone Valleys and of course Provence. I will be sending constant photographical updates via my Facebook page and when time permits, I will write as much as I can. Ten years ago I went to France with family and I read Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch and frankly, I didn’t know a whole hell of a lot about what he was writing about as I knew wine was made from grapes and that was about it. I am looking of forward to rereading my copy of the Wine Route with a much broader understanding of wine and place – this time with my feet on the ground of some of the greatest vineyards in the world.
Stay Tuned! And in the meantime, a few stories for your reading pleasure as you (im)patiently wait for Friday afternoon to arrive and corks of something crisp, clean and delicious to be popped. And remember, stay away from boring wine and drink something uniquely delicious.
Dr. Smart? Not This Time.
Even well-respected wine minds say incredibly silly thing sometimes. And in this case, they can come across as just plain ignorant. As reported by The Drinks Business, Dr. Richard Smart, noted consultant and developer of vine training systems, stated this week that, “Many of the concepts behind organics and biodynamics are nonsense. They’re not good for the environment…” And, “when people buy food they don’t..."