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The Essence of Wine: Honey


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Sunshine, gathered from flowers by tiny apian efforts, forged into ambrosia that tasted of immortality to the Greeks and Egyptians. The alchemy of honey seems no less marvelous even to those that have braved the swarm to witness its creation. Like honey, wine serves to transmute the world's most basic elements into a form seductive and irresistible. When wines taste of honey they seem to taste of sunlight itself, a brightness that coats the mouth with a satin warmth and gently tugs at the heart like a summer breeze. The scents of honey wafting from a glass urge us on to abandon.

Marc Kreydenweiss Wiebelsberg Riesling, Alsace, France
Chateau Climens Sauternes, Barsac, France
Ken Forrester "T Noble Late Harvest" Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Mézes Maly, Tokaji, Hungary

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