About TTB

 

Welcome to Through the Bunghole—an irreverent look at the wine industry, from the inside out.

Our vision here is simple:  The wine business is just too darn entertaining to ignore.

And like Monty Pythons’ Doug Dinsdale, we expect to make full use of the English Language:  “…sarcasm.  He knew all the tricks; dramatic irony, metaphor, pathos, puns, parody, litotes and …satire.  He was vicious.” Well, we’re not going to be too vicious.

But we are going to have fun.  And we are going to talk about wine in a different way.  Because we don’t think that the essence of wine is all about pH or TA.  It’s not about the level of toast in the barrels or the size of the pebbles on the western slope of the vineyard. Nor do we think that points of any scale have a role in the world of wine, any more than they do in the world of art or music—How about that Boston Symphony?  At least 93 points!  And if the trumpet hadn’t blown that fanfare, it would have been 95 easy!

Please.

Did you like it?  Would you drink it again?  Would you pay money for it?  Did it make your meal taste better?

And so we say proudly:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one blog to dissolve the tired old technical mumbo jumbo which has connected the world of wine to the death of pleasure, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of all mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this action.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of the wine they like best.  That to secure these rights, wine blogs are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the readers.

And so, dear readers, we beg your consent to continue.

“Ladies and gentlemen: the stories you are about to  read are true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

Only sometimes, we won’t change the names.

There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.