I'm telling this story to explain my relationship with wines from the American West Coast. Obviously, it was a product of the Napa Valley that set me off on what has turned into a life-long exploration of wine, which in turn led to my becoming a wine salesperson. Yet if it weren't for my friends who occasionally put a bottle in front of me, I probably would not drink anything from the West Coast at all. This is partly a matter of personal taste—I'm not a huge fan of Cabernet Sauvignon from anywhere, not even Bordeaux—and partly a practical professional decision. Most of the customers I dealt with over the years did not need or seek my advice on wines from the West Coast. And since hardly anyone ever asked, I pretty much let the whole subject go. I'm not proud of this; it's just how things played out.
The point of all this verbiage: Mike Veseth writes a blog called the Wine Economist; he is the Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound. I stumbled across this video on his site while looking for something else, and found it very affecting. Not enough to go out and buy a bottle of Ponzi, maybe, but then again, maybe I will. Note: The audio is poor for the first 1:30, then becomes normal.
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