Text Size:-+
04.03.2012

The Essence of Wine: Exotic Citrus

vinography_essence_exotic_citrus.jpg

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch

There was a time before lemon and lime, when from the far reaches of the East there came fruits of such shapes, colors, and scents that the gods themselves asked for a taste. Ganesh, in his wisdom, chose the citron, sanctifying its sour flesh for rites most holy. The Buddha favored what the Japanese call the bushukan , though it was said the Enlightened One preferred the fruit with its fingers closed, as in prayer. For sukkot Jews require an etrog fruit whose very dimensions determine if it is kosher. All these delicacies persists today with their other ancient brethren, preserved by five thousand years of devotion. Yuzu, bergamot, kumquat, buddha's hand, rangpur, sudachi. Their flavors surface mysteriously in wine from time to time, sometimes faint, sometimes frank, but always unmistakably exotic.

Alois Kracher TBA Scheurebe Zwischen den Seen, Burgenland, Austria
Domaine Boyer-Martenot "Les Caillerets" Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France
Mediterra "Xerolithia" Villana, Peza, Crete, Greece
Cadaretta "SBS" White Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
Katogi Averoff Traminer, Ioannina, Greece
Renaissance Vineyards "Vin de Terroir" Roussanne, North Yuba, California, USA
Movia "Veliko Bianco" White Wine, Brda, Slovenia


This is part of an ongoing series of original images and prose called The Essence of Wine

Comments (1)

09.12.14 at 12:50 AM

Makimg my ?wn lotion was a greaat alternative for me.
? ?ood knee brace i? abl? t? m?ke you feel l?ke y?u arre noot wearing ?ne, hold the knee ligaments firmly t?gether and offer
?etter support t? the knee a? a whole. Th?y're choosing t? do so w?th one of the?r bigfger 'Sim' franchises:
'The Sims'.

Comment on this entry

(will not be published)
(optional -- Google will not follow)
Yes
 

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Pre-Order My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Social Media Answers the Question: Where Did Australian Wine Go Wrong Hourglass, Napa Valley: Current and Upcoming Releases Drought Problems? Just Have an Earthquake Vinography Images: Just One Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 1, 2014 Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest NIMBY Versus Vineyard in Malibu Vinography Images: Precious Droplets MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-31, Healdsburg, CA

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.