"It seems to me that to simply gulp the stuff is to negate the higher purpose that wine can serve. This notion might appeal to some as placing wine on a pedestal too high. I can see that view. But I can't accept it. The fact that wine provides a marvelous springboard to contemplating people, places, dirt, history and taste makes it particularly worthy of being on a pedestal.
If you don't think about your wine (or drink) when you drink it, then it merely becomes an alcohol delivery vehicle. When you think about the drink, at least you have the opportunity to be a contemplative drunk, if not more."
Tom Wark is a man to look up to. His writings at Fermentation are fine, inteligent and sometimes hilariously funny. Do check The Train to Wonderland & the F-uck You Factor and its priceless outcome X-Ray Wine Specs...AMAZING! After reading these, your opinion about Brazilian bureaucrats will change!