The most remarkable thing happened yesterday.
As I sat at the counter of a new Houston wine bar, the servers produced a copy of Jancis Robinson’s excellent Wine Grapes and began eagerly leafing through its beautifully illustrated folia and superb critical apparatus.
No, there’s nothing remarkable about that. In fact, I see it all the time these days.
Here’s the remarkable thing: a young couple, evidently regular guests, brought their own copy of the tome and proceeded to peruse its pages for insights into the wines they had in the glasses that lay before them (you can see the two gentlemen in the background of the image above).
Not just one exemplar in situ but two!
With unheimlich timing, Jancis, you and your brainiac team — Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz — have delivered a new Torah unto the nascent flock of youthful wine lovers in the English-speaking world.
Their thirst for wine knowledge is rivaled only by their want of drink. And you have rendered unto them a new testament.
And in an era where the digital image seems nearly always to trump the printed logos, you have achieved a nearly singular triumph: your gorgeously cloth-bound book and cloth-bound slipcase are practically ubiquitous among the wine-smitten (at least those whom I frequent).
At the Parzen residence, the volume is displayed handsomely and prominently in our oenographic library and I can’t remember a workaday when I didn’t consult it at least once.
Thank you, thank you, Jancis, Julia, and José, for this wonderful gift to those among us afflicted by oenophilia!
May G-d bless and keep you! Your work is a true mitzvah…