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A few honest thoughts about wine

WINE Jul 09
  • A few honest thoughts about wine

Harvest fruit, Saint-Chinian, France. Photo by Kelly S. Kurt

At six each evening, I would pour a first glass and turn on the radio to Alan Gerber’s Jazz est un roman, which opened with Zoot Sims playing George Handy’s “Let’s not waltz tonight.” I would cook and drink the fruity red cooperative wine—a rogue assemblage of syrah, carignan, cinsault, grenache, mourvedre and probably other grapes—and ponder what bottle to pull from the cellar beneath the stairs. The bottles came with the same fruit, but in more controlled blends, with less of a co-op’s democracy.