Normal? What's Normal?
Many years ago, while walking down a street in Paris with my father, who was a dour sort, I asked him if he thought a family acquaintance was happy. "Happy?" he replied. "What's happy?" I thought of his stark view of the human condition during a recent conversation with a wine retailer who really loves wine, especially Italian wine, and strives to steer her clients to what she believes are the finest producers.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands April 20, 2009.