It was 11 am when Jean Philippe appeared at the door of La Terre d’Or. I was having a cup of coffee and looking at the gorgeous view of Beaune while Mikhail Pletnev was playing Scarlatti. I took one last sip, grabbed my coat and walked to the taxi. “How was your evening at Sushi Kai?” asked Jean Philippe. It was not one of those insincere small talks we have every day. He was simply curious. He is one of the most candid taxi drivers I’ve ever met I thought. I’ve learned that he works very intense during the season and travels to south when Burgundy is covered under snow. He speaks fluent English, which he had learned with his clients over the years. He told stories about the villages of Burgundy while we were driving towards Nuit-Saint Georges.
“. . .His company now owns more than 1300 hectares of vineyards. He is one of the pioneer growers of international varieties in his native country, although in recent years, he is on much to re-establish plantations of the country’s native varieties. . . . He is passionately concerned about the environment and global warming. And he has attempted to saveguard company’s future by planting a series of high altitude vineyards. Next year he will be 70 and he said he will retire. . . . He’s cramped so much into his life so far and we’re sure he will continue to influence the world of wine for many years to come. Ladies and Gentlement, please show your appreciation for Miguel Torres’s Lifetime Achivement”
Originally published at www.turkishwinealliance.com
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