‘The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings’ - that’s what they call Barolo.
Both Testaments of the Bible are replete with references to wine, references that are at one and the same time literal, symbolic and metaphorical. The proliferation of these references speaks to the importance of the fermented grape in the daily lives of Israelites and the newly-converted Christians of the New Testament. From Noah planting the first vineyard after the Flood to the Wedding at Cana, when Jesus turns water into wine, the presence of wine in daily life is celebrated and, when taken to excess, deprecated.
Priorat has a long vinicultural history, but it only in the last 30 years that the appellation has found its place in the competitive global wine market, being now recognized as one of the top appellations not only in Spain but on a wider basis. In fact, it has something bewitching that many other areas do not have: a rugged, difficult to cultivate but attractive landscape, voluntary growers and winemakers and above all people with an unshakable faith in their own future.
In the art auction world, 2012 was a banner year for trophy hunters, thanks to “The Scream,” Richter and Rothko. This November, auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie are brought in $787.3 million. All this amid a financial crisis.
January is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so it is an appropriate time to taste new releases. Each year the leading UK importers and retailers of Burgundy show their wines to the press, the trade and – increasingly often these days – to private clients.