I am just moments away from heading to the airport (again!) as our endless harvest continues. Now it’s back to Italy. As I stuffed the two-prong European adapter into my luggage, and pulled out the three-prong one I had used in Australia, a theme that has been going over and over in my head came up again: the need for a better understanding of the diversity of that three-prong adapter country – Australia.
I recently found myself in the Rhône Valley with about 30 other pickers taking refuge in the shade of an old storage shed. Mid-afternoon, we all sat hot, parched, sticky and, in my case, with a deep cut on my hand that continued to spurt blood hours after I attempted to leave that piece of my finger in the vineyard.
This is a question that we sommeliers hear on a nightly basis, as our guests wade through our wine lists and entertain our suggestions. The answer is invariably "yes," but often we do not give pause in the context of a busy evening to launch into the "why.
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