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The Drouhin Family: Burgundy Past, Present & Future

A pivotal moment in my life happened in the Burgundy region of France. At a lovely dinner in Beaune, I was chatting with Philippe Drouhin, Estates Manager of Maison Joseph Drouhin, when he asked me where I saw myself in 10 years.

I quickly answered: “I’ll be part of a great winemaking team.”

I then froze, shocked at myself. This was the first time I’d ever declared this particular dream out loud…and I’d just announced it to a member of Burgundy wine royalty.

Philippe’s initial reaction was surprise, but then he smiled, lifted his glass to me, and replied, “You’ve chosen a wonderful profession.”

Lifting my glass in turn, I toasted him  — and his family’s kick-ass wines — for inspiring me to look to the future.

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For the Love of Pinot Noir

Though I adore Titus Andromedon’s signature anthem, “Peeno Noir: An Ode to Black Penis” (which triumphantly manages to rhyme caviar, Myanmar, mid-size car and pop-u-lar), my heart belongs to actual pinot noir.

Maybe I identify with grapes that are famously thin-skinned, notoriously finicky to grow, and at their most expressive when given a spotlight. Perhaps I simply find comfort in wines that can require decades’ worth of lying down in order to reach their full potential.

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