History’s “aBuzz” in Braintree
My profession is PR, my passion is history.
In school I was drawn to art history and museum studies, as it provided an engrossing, visual and hands-on way in which to learn about and explore the past – WWI via German Expressionism a la Otto Dix and George Grosz, John Singer Sargent’s Madame X painted a scandalous picture of 19th century Parisian society, and Keith Haring’s vibrant works illustrate a bohemian boom in NYC during the 70’s and 80’s.
In the same way I engage with the past through art, I seek out additional vehicles to educate me of days gone by. Last Thursday night, I joined just about 20 wine lovers at Bin Ends Wine in Braintree for an event titled “They Make Wine There?!” by Bin Ends’ John Hafferty and Tyler Balliet of The Second Glass.
We tasted vino from “off the beaten path” locations, such as Greece (one of the hottest up-and-coming wine regions), the North Fork of Long Island, Hungary and even Uruguay. All the wines were delicious, but most satiating was the history lesson we received. For instance: Dating back thousands of years, Greece is the homeland of many of the famed French and Italian varietals, and the Baron de Rothschild of Chateau Lafite Rothschild wines is credited with the cultivation of the fine-wine industry in Israel – this has led me to a much more in-depth study of the Rothschild clan, their century-long reign and worldwide empire.
Long story short, while growing increasingly frustrated that I was unable to identify if it was cherry, raspberry or cocoa I was tasting in my Cab Franc, I realized that the stories and histories of each wine, vineyard and producing region are just as important to me as the complex flavors filling my glass.
Now to Amazon for further reading. First stop: Niall Ferguson’s The House of Rothschild.
Posted by Sam