The New California Wine
Everybody loves a bargain. That anonymous $7 bottle of Merlot provides equal parts pride and satisfaction if we enjoy it. But do we feel the same about food and reach for the cheapest price that we can find without knowing anything about where it was grown and how? Probably not, because an increasing number of people prefer organically farmed fruits and vegetables. We question the nutritional value of that cheap leaf of spinach and whether we’re getting a residue of agricultural chemicals that were surely used to grow it. But the argument is about not just nutrition and health but also taste and freshness and regaining an appreciation of what food can be at its best. Restaurants have caught on to the concept, too. Not just high-end menus name farms and growing practices, but even inexpensive ones are beginning to provide that information. If you want to know why you should consider the origins of the wine you drink just as you do your food, read “The New California Wine” by Jon Bonné, who is the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Knowing something about that bottle you just bought does not include the score that might have been on the “shelf talker.” That score gives you a cursory indication of taste and value, but not remotely enough of either.Read More
A few words from friends
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