Bob Ross wrote:
Tim, I appreciate the endorsement, and I have to admit I have a really high opinion of myself.
But, there are so many other folks here that I hold in high regard, it would be awfully hard to single out myself, or Ian for that matter.
I could list all the folks that post here that I really respect, but let me cut to the chase:
We all admire people that have strong opinions and stick to them with facts and a certain respect for the people who hold different opinions. Here are a few opinions where you and I differ:
1. I like screw caps and the new glass closure and people that are trying to deliver wine to me that is free from taint.
2. I like wines from Napa and Sonoma, and a number of wine makers in those areas.
3. I enjoy reaching for expesive wines, more than I can really afford, frankly, and then sharing them with other wine lovers.
4. I like people with fighting spirit, who are willing to take a position and fight it out on the merits. Especially if it's an unpopular position.
[One example: in a "River Runs Through It" -- the book although the movie has its moments -- I get chills when I remember the father asking if his dead son's right hand was broken -- and smiling with pleasure when the answer was yes.]
You bring a great deal of value to this board -- look at all the posts you've generated with a really ridiculous premise. Two of them actually. As I've written to you privately, please continue to post.
It's not that we are a bunch of old farts that don't like dissent -- most of us are contrarians as far as I can tell. It's just that we don't take any of it personally. The ideas and the wines are what we love and what we are mostly passionate about. (Although, we sometimes get irritated at each other's oddities -- and then all bets are off -- at least for awhile.)
In any event, you have a fresh, interesting voice, and you have a fighting spirit I really enjoy. I hope you'll keep posting.
Actually, Bob, we agree on more than you think....with one notable exception
I enjoy all but one that you listed. I love the high end wines and the biggest wine thrill for me is in the nose and on the palate; the leather or anise in the nose, the chocolate or berry on the palate or the velvety smooth finish. When I find a wine that does things like this, I could just swirl and sniff all day long....and maybe take a sip or two.
The Dominus', the Far Niente's, Gran Cru's, the small batch wines, the lesser known vintages or wineries of the wine world are what I live
I am angered that all of those wines and more have been snatched away from me for no other reason then the price that I can no longer afford. Perhaps I have lashed out on this BBS and expressed myself badly towards folks I have never met. I honestly do not know where else to register my deepest disdain for those who place the importance of money before the Art of Wine.
I guess it's like anything else in this country: Nobody seems to value the Art anymore. It's all about the profit and the profit maker and it sickens as it saddens me. My posts may or may not accurately reflect that, but this is where my heart is when it comes to wine and the expert crafting of it.
I appreciate the kind words, Bob. I really do....and I will do my best to heed their meanings.
If I don't you have my permission to give me a sharp jab in the ribs now and again, OK?
Bob Ross wrote:PS: Let me make you a deal: I'll send you a few bottles under cork -- your choice from a list I've sent to other folks on this board. Your only obligation: post your tasting notes. [My basic bitch about you, frankly, is that I have absolutely no idea what you think about wine. Any wine.
Unless you post some tasting notes, how can I judge your palate?]
I can't ask you to do that, Bob....but if you would like I could offer you my take on wines I have had and will drink from time to time.
Send me a PM and we'll go from there, OK?
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