Straight edge: How to love wine without drinking it

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just in time for Thanksgiving, today’s Press Herald wine column meanders, maybe a bit too soberly, through thoughts of the shadow side: alcohol’s irrefutably ill effects on the state of the user. I’m not talking about liver damage or domestic violence, but rather about the effects of drinking on our inner condition.

The fundamental question: How can we commit fully to all that wine has to offer, without losing those qualities in ourselves — calm, quiet, grace, specificity, subtlety — that wine at its best so beautifully, and uniquely, expresses? Charles Baudelaire and Allen Ginsberg give me a hand…

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