I am very pleased to announce that I have been shortlisted in the eleventh Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards for work published on Tim Atkin and The World of Fine Wine. … more
Sometimes the simplest statements have the most complex meanings, while other times they mean exactly what they say. Many statements about wine and life still baffle me no matter how long I ponder them. One I often flounder over is the seemingly simple “If you like a wine, then it’s a good wine”. I find this about as helpful as being told to “Just do what makes you happy” when asking for advice on living a self-determined and fulfilling life. That’s it? A good wine is the one I like, and the key to life is to do what makes me happy? … more
Writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz once wrote: “Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.” If there’s another culture’s custom that is more readily dismissed than winespeak then I’d like to know about it. I’m not bothered by barbs such as “All wine tastes the same”, or “It’s not that interesting”, but when swipes come from people renowned for their intellect and wit, it does makes me wonder if, when it comes to wine, we might have said too much. Is it time we all stopped talking and let the wine speak for itself? … more
Just as wine without aromas is a rather dull drink, life without our senses engaged is much the same experience. As I sipped wine and listened to a wind trio play music paired to the offering it occurred to me that somewhere on our path to sensory enlightenment, we stopped tasting with all our senses. … more
Occasionally I find drinking wine to be a perfectly good substitute for the company of people. I am aware this sounds dangerously close to both addiction and conceit and may well be too early in this new column of mine to make such a revelation, but few could deny that drinking great wine alone is better than enduring bad company. Good wine wins, every time.
I do hope that all roads lead to the top of the mountain, even the ones that meander through wine country. I try to walk around vineyards as often as I can, but as natural an activity as it may seem in the surroundings, it is not done as readily as you might think. To me, visiting vineyards only to gather information is like visiting rose gardens to learn only how to prune. … more
I cannot drink wine while writing and write anything worth reading. This feels like an appalling oversight from whoever assigned my passions and interests. Many wine writers revel in the consumption of wine while writing. The great gastronomical littérateurs had a down right orgy in it. … more
Describing what happens in a movie when you watch it is easier than describing what happens in a wine when you drink it.
I contemplated this the other night as I sipped this lovely chardonnay. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and thought you should know about it but I wondered how I might describe this very chardonnay, rather than describing any beautiful chardonnay. Unlike happy families, beautiful wines are not all alike. … more
I am both excited and delighted to be part of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The line up includes literary luminaries and wunderkinds such as Sir Salman Rushdie, Dave Eggers, Ruth Reichl, Emily Nussbaum and Helen Garner. … more
New Ruby Press is a blog about wine. Well, wine and people, culture and place, but mostly about wine.
By Andrea Frost.
Image by James Broadway.