While we are out of the way here in Walla Walla, we do get our fair share of celebrities from time to time- famous football players, Batman, resident billionaires, a legendary rock band’s disgruntled ex-wife, many, many winemakers and my eldest dog seems to think that she is a celebrity.
Mr. Asimov joined our throng of intellectually stimulating and sought after people here in town if only for a fleeting but welcomed moment.
It will be interesting to hear what he has to say about the region due to the fact that a) he has never been here before b) he has rated a few wineries here highly, but the region poorly and c) this will be almost a decade of reviewing an area that has morphed drastically every 4 years in terms of players- both people and grape varieties
Mostly he spoke about the inherent flaws in a number based rating system on wines. I couldn’t agree more, but find it fantasy to think that the system would go anywhere, as did he. As a winemaker, it is not entirely enticing to labor on one piece of art for 3-5 years only to have it rated between thousands of wines quite possibly the day after the guy got dumped by his girlfriend.
There is plenty that Asimov and I disagreed on, but the one request that both of us would have for you is to like what you like and not what you don’t. Don’t hesitate to like the $4 red, nor should you hesitate to like the $250 bottle that smells like tar, bacon and maybe a little bit like your old neighbor’s dog though you can’t place why. There is a night for almost every wine, the trick… and fun, is finding it.