A Lifelong Pursuit
We were immediately hit by the difference as we exited JFK. We made our way onto the taxi line, behind a million others, and stood waiting, inching slowly forward surrounded by honking horns and city dirt. It's a different air we breathe here. Of a completely different quality. Thicker, heavier, hotter. It beats on you until you're used to it. It beats on you until you forget.
I told Kelli how much I enjoyed the wine tastings. It's not so much about the wine, really at least: it doesn't have to be as it is about the vast beauty of the land. The vineyards' vast, vast beauty. We were happy to just sit in the sun.
But, then again, I told her: Anyone a person who had never even taken a sip of Merlot, had never even taken a breath of Cabernet, who knew nothing of grapes or vines or valleys would have appreciated the differences, would have come back with a language. It takes only a taste. Quality becomes a lifelong pursuit.
Though I most enjoyed Ledson's Sauvignon Blanc, overall, I find, I really love Chardonnay. Put glasses of both in front of me, don't tell me which is which, add a glass of Pinot Grigio or a Riesling or whatever other white you've got (I'm not as good with reds), and with just one day of wine tasting under my belt I can tell you what's up.
I still can't do that with hi-fi.
Is it just because wines are more obvious than speakers? Maybe. But also:
The presentations we were offered whether it was an aerial lift onto the estate or a simple explanation of the general characteristics of a grape were wonderfully informative and just excellent. I'm reminded of this piece by Wes.
I plan on visiting Discovery Wines in the very near future. Maybe on the way home from work, actually.
John Marks, by the way, created a wonderful "Script for a High-End Audio Demonstration." It's published in our July issue.