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thanks Evan. I bought the book a week or two ago and haven't had time to get into it yet. This will prod me along. I've enjoyed reading Terry's catalogs for his German portfolio.

Yes, those are exactly the type of tasting notes that eliminate the need for scores. Who needs to put the wine in perspective against other wines when you can write about kids?

I know the next time I'm in a wine shop wondering what to purchase, I'll think, "Would this wine be better with a 6-year-old, a baby, or both?"

Blake -

Ha! I admit that you delivered a very good jab with that one. It's not an unfair point.

But that passage comes in the larger context of why Theise believes wine can matter. And not to speak for the author, but clearly he feels that the scoring of wine misses the point.

I'll hedge a bit and say that I'm much more deeply invested in his side of the argument, but you have always advocated for the reader and consumer and I appreciate that, too.

Nice piece, Evan. It's an amazing book. It's the kind of book that I wish was an audio book, as well -- maybe pressed to vinyl playing on a record player with pops, hisses and the occasional skip.

Undoubtedly, it will go down in the pantheon of modern wine classics with Kramer's Making Sense of Wine and Osbourne's The Accidental Connoisseur.

Jeff

I too enjoyed this book while, interestingly enough, flying out to tour and taste through Walla Walla. (I think Walla Walla is more similar to the Finger Lakes than you think but I will save that discussion for a Red Newt dinner.)

Terry is certainly one of the industry's best and most entertaining story tellers both in print and in person. Anything that helps raise the profile of Riesling is something that should be celebrated in the Finger Lakes.

Thanks for the heads up about this book. From the comments so far I can only assume it's going to be an interesting read. Hey Jeff, like your idea of the audio book too with the sound of the corks popping in the background lol.

Morgen,

I love the work you're doing to study other regions, look for parallels, and bring valuable lessons back. This region needs the open eyes and ears. I look forward to chatting with you about what you saw.

And I trust you when you tell me there are real similarities. I could have been more obvious and left the comparison to, say, Napa...

>>I know the next time I'm in a wine shop wondering what to purchase, I'll think, "Would this wine be better with a 6-year-old, a baby, or both?"<<

It's a crucial question. Wines served with babies need to be simple, one-dimensional but immediately delicious, so you can appreciate a quick slug between serving spoonfuls of Gerbers or cleaning up the mug thrown on the floor. Wines served with six-year olds should have powerful, complex and distinct aromas, so you can enjoy their funny faces when they ask for a sniff of what Dad or Mom are drinking.

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