Recently I got into one of those circular-cum-rhetorical exercises with friends about whether it's a curse or a blessing for a winemaker to earn a 100-point rating on his or her first wine.
Maybe there’s an easy answer and maybe there isn’t.
It's tempting to say, 'Yes, I’ll take it.' Yet, as we dissected the ramifications of perfection, and the ability to (or the possibility of) repeating it, our discussion shifted gears.
Sure, a 100-point rating would mean a lifetime of publicity and acknowledgement that you had made an extraordinary wine. But would it also set you up for future disappointment? After all, for the rest of your career you'd know that you could never make a better wine than your first one. And would that realization, in effect, be a curse?
We wondered ...
Would you rather throw a perfect game as a rookie and be out of baseball in a year or two? Or would it be better to have a long career with highs, lows and comebacks?
Would you rather write a famed novel like Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird only to never write another book?
We all agreed that it would be GREAT to win the lottery once…
I suppose that if you equate a 100-point rating with the proverbial once-in-a-lifetime experience you’d rather have it than not. After all, you’re not the one bestowing that perfect rating on yourself.
Still, if you were a young winemaker, would you like to "peak" with your first wine? Or would you rather have a lengthy career marked with highs and lows?
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