Well, I’m off to the Rhône again. This will be my fifth trip to the region since November 2004. It’s been a whirlwind since I started covering the Rhône, getting caught up with producers and vintages, all while the amount of new information and wines continues to grow.
Before each trip, I like to do what I call "hit the reset button." Basically I eat salad for a week and drink little to no wine. The "reset button" is akin to brushing your teeth extra vigorously the morning of your dentist check-up. I doubt it really helps—it's aimed more at karma.
On the surface, the travel is the glamour part of the job. Marvin wonders why he even pays me sometimes. Of course there will be a truffle or two mixed in while I’m there, and if I’m lucky, a few older bottles.
But these trips are not for partying—and in reality they’re far from easy. I’ll be gone for two full weeks—away from my wife and daughters—and will spend 10-12 hours a day tasting, traveling and writing.
Louis A Finnerty — October 30, 2006 12:36pm ET
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