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It's Only Human...

wine opinion history traditions Wine News | David Moore

It's Only Human...

Fabrice Gasnier working the vines during veraison

Hang around here long enough and you’ll hear lots of conversations about  wine in the “Old World,” and how they evolved. And even more stories about our winegrowers. And despite the occasional, "It’s what’s in the bottle that counts" comments, we hope we’re communicating as best we can. I once had a customer tell me that the “stories” aren’t important. We got past that quickly enough – those that “get it,” and those that don’t, tend to view the world in different ways—I make no judgement.

But wines like those you’ll find here are very different from what you’d find in a typical liquor store. And the stories of small local cultures that existed before “France,” “Italy,” or “Germany” were countries as we know them today, explain why “Burgundy” is Burgundy, and “Barolo” is Barolo. Ours are stories that speak of the humanity of wine – whether as a function of human cultural evolution, or the hard, physical, human effort that goes into producing fine wine.

Our winegrowers are a living part of this history. They work in a spirit of gratitude, refining and developing what previous generations created while preserving the land for future generations. For them, an attentive, sensitive style of stewardship is both a duty and a precondition for living soils and wine that is clearly expressive of their culture and terroir. Their humanity shows in every growing season when they interact with the forces of nature, and it shows in every bottle we’re lucky enough to drink. 

Will you (or I, for that matter) love every bottle? Probably not. But hey, the wine’s only human. – DM

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