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Sep 13, 2011 11:28 AM

Gerald Asher: "when it comes to fine wine, most of the florid tasting notes served up to us are meaningless"

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  1. Thanks for the link to the interesting article, Melanie. What I found especially intriguing was the point made by Bettane about writers and critics “revealing wine to the reader, helping form his or her taste.” It brought back a memory of how I first started learning about wine. In late 1969 and early 1970, I was working in Washington, D.C. and had the good fortune to visit Mayflower Wines and Spirits and meet Aaron Millman. He sent me home with six wines, told me to concentrate on how they tasted, and then come back and talk with him about my experiences. Then he’d send me home with six more wines. Over the year, my conversations with Mr. Millman did much to “reveal wine” to me. But can this kind of “revelation” be accomplished through the written word? If so, which writers do so?

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    1. re: Tom Armitage

      >>> But can this kind of “revelation” be accomplished through the written word? If so, which writers do so? <<<

      I would say "yes," but they are few and far in between because of the lack of "personal interaction," such as what took place between you and Mr. Millman.

      But there is a significant difference between a true wine writer, and a wine critic, let alone (with apologies to Dan Berger) the sports writer who writes a wine column in a newspaper . . . .

      Gerald Asher is one such writer. Kermit Lynch is another; his book, Adventures Along the Wine Route, excited a number of different people I know and turned them into lifelong wine lovers. but -- let's face it -- this type of writer remains "few and far between," as they say.

    2. Thanks, Melanie, for the link . . . I miss Gerald.

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      1. re: zin1953

        Jason, that was my exact reaction. And he was spot on.

      2. Thanx for the link. As a "drink-em-young kinda guy, I have to admit that the poetry of the idea of "Patience Rewarded" kinda hit something in me.

        <Anyone who has the foresight to put a few bottles away from time to time -- not "collecting" exactly, just tucking them into whatever space there is -- can usually look forward to a similar harvest of patience rewarded.>
        A concept that I have resisted somehow begins to be more clear.
        A Vineyard in My Glass is next on the reading list after 'An Ideal Wine' (thanx, Jason)