Many a late evening or working weekend, I have asked myself why I continue to produce a podcast. Episode 84 of The Four Top was one of those recording sessions that reminded me of my raison d’être. Our guest panelists not only spoke compellingly about uncomfortable issues, but also managed to make me laugh.
In recent months, New York Times reporter Julia Moskin has uncovered systemic sexual harassment and assault within the Court of Master Sommeliers. This elite and exclusive group of wine professionals was already in hot water due to a cheating scandal.
In Episode 84, our guests discuss Moskin’s findings, as well as the Court’s profound racial insensitivity. Next, they examine the ways in which the culture of wine has changed recently, and the work required to propel the industry forward.
← I’ll admit that this statement is rather awkwardly phrased. Nonetheless, I’ve been saying it for years: Wine is a way into environmentalism.
I’m convinced of this because I’ve spoken with many people who didn’t care to know much about farming methods until they became obsessed with Pinot Noir, and then terroir, and then soil health, and then watersheds, and then…
Have you had similar conversations? Could a passion for wine lead to serious work toward combating climate change? Or is this just wishful thinking on my part? Let me know your thoughts.
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