Cabernet Please, No Strings Attached

Joshua Bell loves food and wine almost as much as his violin
From the Jun 30, 2011, issue

Joshua Bell was only four when his parents gave him a violin after they noticed him plucking music on rubber bands stretched between handles of his dresser drawers. Nearly 40 years later, Bell performs on a Stradivarius violin, has a catalog of more than 35 CDs, and is one of the most celebrated classical musicians in the world. But music isn't Bell's only passion: He has long been interested in food and wine. Bell spoke with Wine Spectator's Tim Fish about his 1,000-bottle collection, a La Tâche that got away, and his theories on why many musicians are wine lovers.

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