“No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any ####### Merlot!”
Here’s how it all started. Oh, I’ll let Davis tell it:
“I always drank like white wines, chardonnay. When I look back, Mike Krukow was the guy who initially got me interested in red wine. I’d gone to his home for dinner. He and his wife cooked a nice meal and had a bottle, I think it was either a Grgich or J. Lohr cab. I remember saying, ‘Krukie, I’m not a red wine drinker. You got any white wine?’
“He goes, ‘Hey, big boy, you’re not a red wine drinker because you haven’t had good red wine. Taste this.’
“And I drank it. It didn’t have that tart, kind of bitter finish I was used to in the cheap red wines I’d tasted. It had a smooth long finish to it. And it was just nice, velvety.”
...“I think I have, for the last year or so, one or two glasses of wine every night,” he said. “I don’t overdo it. I don’t allow anyone to overdo it. Sometimes, people want me to open one more bottle and I say, ‘This is enough.’
“You don’t drink wine to get drunk. You drink wine to socialize. You drink it with meals. It’s not to be abused. It’s a sipping thing. It’s not something to pound.”
I looked at him. I smiled. “Imagine you and I talking about wine,” I said. He smiled back, a smile that drew me back three decades.
And I thought, with some emotion: Life improves with age — what am I searching for here? — like a good merlot. Except, I don’t like merlot.
Posted: March 11, 2013 at 05:21 AM | 69 comment(s)
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