Confined to my apartment and its sunny backyard for the past two and a half months, I have spent more time than usual staring at the raised planter beds, willing growth upon the herbs, tomatoes, and strawberries I planted, with dreams of reaping a bountiful harvest in the near future. Not to brag, but I seem to have a bit of a green thumb: to date, not one of the plants has perished, and I even picked a single tiny, lopsided, slightly dehydrated strawberry sweetly flavored of self-worth, along with fistfuls of parsley, oregano, and winter savory bearing the spicy fragrance of beginner’s luck. Tending to my own miniature plot of soil has instilled a feeling of profound respect toward the vignerons in our portfolio who dedicate their lives to much more important gardens. More than a simple case of wine, this pack is akin to a mix of freshly picked produce from our favorite French and Italian growers—a sort of farm box for fine wine. After all, the vineyards that produce these wines truly are like big gardens, lovingly nurtured by skillful caretakers pursuing their own dreams of bountiful harvest. Green thumb or not, that is something we can all appreciate!
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch
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