Wine drinkers don’t really care about tradition. To hell with the traditions we’ve followed. Uncorking. Sabering champagne. “Clinking” your glasses in a toast. Red with meat and white with fish. Bah! Humbug! To hell with tradition! And that irritatingly catchy tune from Fiddler on the Roof gets in your head and won’t leave for months, like a heroin junkie squatting in your garden shed.
TO HELL WITH TRADITION.
Except for one, simple, singular thing.
The entire process of making wine is based in tradition.
(Taking a deep breath)
Nearly five thousand years ago the Phoenicians kept records of their travel for trade, their products including wines, grapes, and vines themselves. The Greeks improved demand in their economic trade by developing a superior finished product (i.e., better wine), while the Roman Empire’s mass expansion increased worldwide plantings, development, and local interest. “Hey, Jacobus, this stuff’s pretty good!”
The creation of good…
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