Caused by a surprising discovery…
I am not a fan of American wine, probably because I have not had the pleasure of tasting many good ones. One of the best white wines I have tasted was, believe it or not, from Upstate New York. I have known from a young age that grapes grow in the region, but that they were used for juice and jelly. It should not be surprising that a talented winemaker could produce magic. I have had one Californian wine that I liked during a meal at a Chinese restaurant in Pasadena. I do not recall the names. There must be more good wines, because many people (whose judgment I cannot judge) seem to rave about them and films (Bottle Shock) have touted a certain greatness. I am not willing sample countless bottles to discover the good ones, when I can drink plenty of decent wine from France and Italy…as well as the occasional good German one.
That said, Lufthansa surprised me with a good American wine on the flight from Frankfurt to Miami. It was a chardonnay, produced by a winery name Columbia Crest. I was even more surprised to read on the label that it comes from Washington State. I sampled a different type at a restaurant and found it just as pleasing. On the return trip, Lufthansa offered another variety, which was just as good. It seems like there is a talented winemaker at work in the rainy northwest.
It took a German company to introduce me to American wine that I liked…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.