Monthly Archives: June 2015

Balance, Bubbles, and Bertolucci


Nearly two decades ago, a film set in the Tuscan countryside provided my first wine-related epiphany. Not through her teenage prattle or any life-changing plot, but through one scene in particular. The rich golden rays on a rustic table, wildflowers and clinking glasses, laughter and debate beneath the branches. I remember so clearly thinking: THAT. That is what I want in my life.

Perhaps the memory is idealized, it has been half a lifetime ago, but the sentiment remains strong. It is a moment I’ve chased, and caught several times. Outside of Rome, on the hills of Sonoma, the Hill Country of Texas, and even whispers of it in downtownAustin.

Whether it wasthe breadthof the table, the diversity of the group, the lively conversationor the Old World wines, something about a recent wine lunch reminded me of that movie. Gregory White PR held a lunch at Second Bar and Kitchen…

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The Danger of a Single Epiphany


Due to a crazy schedule and even crazier topics I have missed the past couple of Monthly Wine Writing Challenges. Last month’s winner, The Wine Raconteur, was awarded the dubious honor of MWWCselecting this month’s topic and he chose “epiphany.”  My master’s degree in History of the Christian Tradition leads me to great excitement when I hear the word “epiphany.” However, he has specified the definition of “insight or revelation.” My own definition of “epiphany,” religious or otherwise, I attribute to Oprah Winfrey in her understanding of an “Ah-Ha” moment. Wikipedia (good thing this is not a grad school paper) defines epiphany as: “An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows…

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