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”
I’ve written an essay about malolactic fermentation as my first MW assignment. I wanted to share a simple and shorter version of it for those who are interested:
So, let’s start with the definition of Malolactic Fermentation (MLF)!
“The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of an isolated system always increases in time. (or remains constant in ideal cases)”
You’ve never heard of entropy? Ok, let me explain it simply: Entropy is a measure of the disorder of a system. And according to this law, the disorder of an isolated system always increases. Well, let’s say, you dropped a cup and broke it into pieces. Have you ever seen those pieces coming back together? Or have you ever managed to unscramble an egg? I guess not. Well, that’s because entropy never decreases.
“Have you ever been to New Zealand?” asked several wine producers one after another at Vinum Tasting in Zurich. When I told them that I had never had the chance to visit this astonishing green country, one of them joked that I was only thirteen films away from New Zealand. When you count the distance with films it sounds a lot closer 🙂 Fortunately, the fresh air of New Zealand spread into the tasting room at Metropol Restaurant through many great examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah.