Sean Thackrey :: Wine Maker

Sean Thackrey :: Wine Maker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stories: this one about wine-making:

Some years back I'd bought a new French oak quarter-barrel, and had filled it with water to be sure it didn't leak. This only takes a few minutes to determine, but it was crush, and I forgot about it for a week or so. When I finally remembered, I drained the water into a large pail; the water was dark and ugly, but smelled wonderful from all that new Vosges oak. At that very moment, as I was contemplating this, one of best friends in the wine world, Bill Mitchell, arrived from Philo for a visit; so I said to him, "Bill, look at this stuff. It smells great, so I don't want to just throw it out; but what could I possibly do with it?".

He replied without missing a beat, "Well, you could just add some alcohol and some tartaric acid and call it Chardonnay".

So quick, and so true of so many Chardonnays then, and still now.

No comments:

Post a Comment