Sunday, March 4, 2012

Timely reminder that wine should not be rushed

SLOW FOOD has publised its second wine guide in English - 18 years after its first English-language wine guide. Why has Slow Food taken so long to turn its attention back to wine? Part of the reason is that wine is already perceived as a slow product. But is it fair to say that wine isn’t a “fast” product? Unscrupulous winemakers do accelerate winemaking and aging using common techniques. Sadly, “live fast, die young” old-before-their-time wines won’t leave good-looking corpses. There is little evidence that wine is consumed leisurely nowadays, either. Slow Wine 2012 reminds us that not all the wines of our time respect it or are worthy of it. 

Full article first published in The Connexion (March, 2012).