The Mad Ones

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell A sales agent at the wine fair was pitching her company’s wines to me and a friend this summer. My friend knew the winemaker and was curious to try his latest vintage. He examined its…

To Frankenstein Wines

When Portuguese winemaker Dirk Niepoort made his first still wine, the Robustus 1990, his father told him that his wine was “uma merda” (shit), the worst thing he had ever tasted and proceeded to sell off all barrels except one. The Niepoort master blender and family friend, José Nogueira, also told him the wine smelt awful, it…