Thursday, April 9, 2009

More About Tasting

As an addendum to my previous post on tasting I want to direct your attention to this thoughtful blog by my friend at K&L, David Driscoll.

David used to live next door from the store so he would often stop by to do our tastings. This was four, five years ago, and at that time he was still somewhat new to wine and his occupation was teaching English to kids in San Francisco's Chinatown. Almost solely through regular tastings his wine knowledge grew by leaps and bounds. At K&L I think he has one of the most enlightened palates and I also believe that store's brightest young staff. Look him up when you're there, he'll steer you to a great value wine that you've probably never heard of.

I feel good that somehow I've contributed to David's start in wine. The other month he stopped by the store to say hi. He also handed me a surprise gift, a bottle of 2004 St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes, Joel Taluau. A few years ago, I happened to mention to him about this Loire wine. I can't believe he remembered.

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