A Table of Stories, A Story of Tables
As I have journeyed through this profession, I have been extraordinarily lucky to taste some special, some rare, some mature, some profound and many delicious wines. After some years of seeking these experiences to add to my ‘olfactory library’, after filing many notebooks and writing many tasting notes it occurs to me that the greatest of wine moments happens when the bottle is merely a piece of the whole setting. Arriving at the venue, first sight of the table and its promises, polished glassware awaiting the first ‘splash’ of the evening, guests starting to arrive, some familiar, some not, the gentle hum of conversations begin, it all contributes to an atmosphere that can be heavy with expectation and excitement.
Wine may be considered the raison d’être, and maybe it is but it is this collection of ‘pieces’; people, tables, food and wine that can so gracefully accumulate to the true memories and library of experiences far more important than the wine itself.
The occasion or memory of great wine can be easily sullied or overshadowed by bad company, just as an occasion with not so great wine be diluted by great company.
It is the company that makes the experience. This company need not be of a particular experience, qualification or persuasion, other than that of being open to enjoying the precious time spent with others enjoying the same moments.
I relish the opportunity to partake in these convivial moments, wine is almost always a part of this…
Wine, as it shows as a ‘piece’ of this scene, can be worth capturing within this moment.
Read DLs stories of these gatherings at Comptoir: