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Alice Waters played a major role in creating the movement toward natural foods, and I like to think that I played a role in the natural wine movement. She focused on both the better flavors of organic foods and the health of the earth. As I went natural, I confess that not once did I consider even my own health. My eyes, nose, and palate alone guided me—hedonism rather than moral or altruistic considerations.
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And when one spits out the wine, it is physically impossible to rid your mouth of every last drop. So there is at least one trickle-down effect I believe in.
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Then there’s Madame Peyraud. Lulu. About five years ago, when she still had a driver’s license, she showed up at my place. It was a hot day, and except for my wine cellar, I don’t have air-conditioning, so it was hot inside, too. It was too early for an aperitif, so I offered her a lemonade, which she refused. A glass of water, then?
“I don’t drink water,” she said.
“I have a cold white or rosé.”
“I drink red wine,” she said.
“I have a red in the fridge left over from lunch.”