A Toast to Technology

Ninetendo 3DS

I love technology for a number of reasons.  One has to do with my son.  At the beginning of the summer, my son asked me what chores he could do to earn extra money.  The new 3DS was out, and it was expensive!  ‘Chores, you say?  I think I can come up with something.’  For the past two months he’s been vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, and cleaning the bathrooms.  He’s even doing all the laundry and mowing the lawn.  This is turning out to be a very relaxing summer, for me anyway, and it’s all thanks to technology.

A great wine, a wine geek might say, will reflect the terroir and the grape.  Some believe the less intervention by humans, the better.  Maybe there’s some truth to that.  Wines can taste overly processed, with too much oak, or too much blending among variety and vineyards.  But I’d argue that without technology, Bordeaux wouldn’t be the beautiful, gravely terroir that it is today.  In the 1600’s the Dutch built drainage ditches in what was a wet marshland, but is now the Medoc.  Likewise, in the early 1900’s two brothers from California irrigated what was desert land in Australia.  That region is now known as Riverland, and it is the largest producer of grapes in South Australia.

Yellow Tail Shiraz

Yellow Tail Winery is located in Riverland, South Australia.  They make what Tyler Coleman, author of the book, Wine Politics , refers to  as a ‘gateway wine.’  It’s easy-drinking, consistent, and very inexpensive. It may lead to other more interesting wines.  The Shiraz I had the other night was smooth with some dirt and cherry flavors and a slightly chocolatey finish.  It’s not a  complex wine, nor does it reflect the terroir of its vineyard, as the grapes can come from all over South Australia.  But it’s very drinkable, and thanks to technology, widely available for about seven bucks a bottle.

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