True Grit

Josh Jensen's passion for Pinot Noir and quest for California limestone led him to the hinterlands of Mount Harlan and the peaks of Calera
From the Oct 15, 2013, issue

Josh Jensen was in his twenties, kicking around Europe, living the bohemian life. Well-educated but jobless, he lived off a small inheritance, crashing in dive hotels and mooching off friends. But when it came to food, Jensen lived life large, dining in the fanciest restaurants in France, usually by himself. He always splurged for the wine. Another of his passions, rowing, had taken him from Yale to Oxford, where a deeper obsession took hold in an all-consuming way; it was there he became the ultimate wine geek, entranced by red Burgundy. Wine Spectator's James Laube explains.

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