Just a quick word between château stops in Bordeaux about a development in my family that nobody in the world knows about. And I think it is time to tell you and everyone else who frequents my blog.
The terrier family of dogs never ceases to amaze me. I have always had terriers and I am impressed with their intelligence and sense of smell and taste. They are very much like their owner, myself, of course.
My children—Jack, 14, and Isabel, 11—have been working closely with me in training their one-year-old Norfolk Terrier, Bertie, in York, England, after our great success with his distant cousin Archie, a very dusty West Highland Terrier who lives in my house in Tuscany. The latter is already famous for his skill as a discoverer of great soil or, as the French say, terroir, and I have had many financial offers for his services. One desperate wine consultant offered me tens of thousands of dollars for Archie, but I refused. I told the man to go back to winemaking school since my canine brother was certainly not for sale. But this is an ugly and long story that I do not plan to bore you with at the moment.
Anyway, the children and I have taught Bertie to near perfection to sniff out old, rare bottles of wine, no matter where they may be—from restaurant cellars to bricked-up vaults. Bertie would already put to shame even the finest DEA or Army sniffer. So what if such dogs can find 50 pounds of cocaine in someone's Samsonite at LAX or discover a pipe bomb in Baghdad! Bertie can sniff a bottle of 1982 Mouton from 100 yards or dig up a bottle of 1931 Noval Vintage Port buried in a Scottish castle basement. If it's yesterday's Two-Buck Chuck or Beaujolais Nouveau, my man's best friend turns up his nose and trots the other way. I feel like a proud father when I see him in action!
Check out my video of his genius.
Think of the possibilities. They are endless. Wine auctions, and other sources for old bottles? Forget it! I have Bertie the Beautiful. I can get all the old, rare bottles I need.
If you are interested in learning more about Bertie, or you even have a suspected buried wine treasure somewhere, drop me an e-mail. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy April Fool's Day.
Now if I could only get him to learn how to taste barrel samples!
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