A Homily to French Wine

Just what is a homily? It is

a religious discourse which is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction.

It nurtures the soul rather than tells you what to do.

That about sums up my attitude towards wine in general. You can, if you choose to, get into the mechanics of how wine is made. But you don’t need to do that to fall in love with the experience that certain wines can offer.

Marissa Ross writes about her path to this sort of enlightenment. This captures the flavor of the thing

That chaos (of wine making experiences) also leads to everything real and beautiful and memorable. That’s what I learned I loved about French wines. It’s not one specific thing but rather the space created for so many possibilities. It’s what brought me to my knees, scribbling about Domaine Plageoles’ Gamay on the wet cellar floor. It’s why I stayed out too late drinking Domaine Rimbert’s Cinsault and got lost in misty ivy-covered alleyways along the river in Saint-Chinian.



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