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Wine Dharma

DharMag September 2014 Wine is the mirror of man

Hills around Siena. Tuscany landscape with a lonely cypress. Tuscany view. Somewhere around Siena, a lonely cypress lost in the hills

How should we judge wine? In what terms should we talk about it? Emotionally or intellectually, using a technical language or the sommeliers’ classifications, or even according to our personal taste, on a scale from zero to a hundred?

The issue is open for debate.

The simplest thing would be to tell stories. The stories of Italian wines: who’s behind them, their terroirs, when, where and why they were planted, the techniques, the winemakers’ philosophies. The stories of wine create new connections, stimulate taste and bring it to life.

2014 harvest in Italy. Harvesting Montepulciano in Abruzzo, Teramo. Italian wine Here’s the meaning of it all: passion, aesthetics, fun, the challenge of knowledge, of mastering such a broad topic. Perfection is the goal, the path is a journey toward the deep understanding of a country. Learn to distinguish and judge scents and vine species, find and preserve hidden gems. The goal of the Wine Dharma Association is to achieve all this through tastings, visits to wineries and excursions to the most highly rated wine countries, cooking classes and the coupling of food and wine.

It’s hard to define the word Dharma. It’s a spiritual call, a breath of life. It can be law, vocation, duty, a path to virtue, the order of things.

We’re not proposing an absolute law of wine—we’re not that conceited. Rather, we’d like to be the prophets of a new kind of experience. On the Association’s website you will find not a body of teachings, but an invitation to open up to a new world.

Vineyards in Trentino Alto Adige, near the Dolomites. Autumn in the vineyards Wine is the best of tour guides. It’s the thread that unites the whole Italian peninsula, and the various forms it takes are a testimony to the goodness of that land. Thanks to its cultural and climatic fragmentation, the vastness of the Italian winemaking landscape is astonishing and intoxicating. Visiting a winery, meeting wines and cultures, living the vineyard through the words and the eyes of a vigneron, not trying to identify the Shangri-La’s pepper aroma, means getting in touch with the land and its interpreters, who have incredible stories to share.

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