A Wine That Shouts ‘Made In America’
Wednesday - May 25, 2011
Can you taste culture in wine? Maybe an even more basic question is, can you taste culture at all? it is easy to visit or live in a foreign land and be immersed in its nuances, customs, terroir, language and people. You get to see the land, the people’s attitude and world view, their way of life and, of course, their food and drink.
Is what they produce to eat and drink another expression of their culture? What wine would represent the American culture?
Perhaps i’m biting off more than i can chew, but i believe it is more than just fast food and big red wines. our culture likes the best of all worlds. We love tasty and hedonistic, but we also want immediate and what’s now. We are a young culture in the big scheme of things, and even younger is our food and wine culture.
It is unfair to judge a culture by just one singular wine, but if i had to choose one it would have to be napa valley Cabernet sauvignon. What else would it be?
Is there a better example of the big, immediate flavors, impressive in weight, loud and proud, that beams out to the world - brash maybe in a sense - but can back it up with all of its flavor that is made in America? true to our nature of American exceptionalism, it even outdoes its old world counterparts in many cases. some might say that no one does it better. i know some drinkers who don’t drink anything else.
What better wine can encompass the riches and affluence of American culture as well as the down-to-earth farming and family roots that sprouted up in napa valley in the past century? Just ride up Highway 29 and see the beautiful facades on the wineries and imagine the wealth behind those walls. You know the saying about how to make a million dollars in the wine business? start with 10 million. there is a lot of wealth that has gravitated to napa valley and set up some of the finest wineries and created the finest wines in a short period of time. then imagine the grimy hands of the pioneers who first planted grapes on the valley floor, later on climbing the hills to find the best plots of land to settle upon and build a new life. they took a chance and created the impetus for others to follow.
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