Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Year of Servitude

As many of you know, for the past year I have been assisting a Purdue University professor write a textbook to complement his wine appreciation lecture series.  Charged with producing some 250 pages of informative prose, I shuttered myself from the outside world in the name of viticulture, enology and humankind's 8000 year history of vinifying grape juice into wine.

Ostensibly, this must sound like a pretty good deal.  Think again, McBoners.  Most of you are probably unaware that month after month I was subjected to any manner of unfair labor practices, including being locked for hours in the dank and oppressive bowels of Purdue's food science building, where I was, among other unspeakable cruelties, forced to partake in the following spirituous and hard to pronounce beverages:

1989 Château de Clairefont, Margaux, Bordeaux

1986 Cain Five, Napa Valley

1983 Bouchard Père & Fils, Vosne Romanée, Côte d'Or

1983 Tignanello, Vino da Tavola, Mercatale di Pesa*

1989 Rudolf Müller Riesling Beerenauslese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

1990 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva

2001 Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley

At last my Bacchanalian nightmare is at an end.  The book, simply entitled Wine Appreciation, is due out this fall.  No, do not pity me, McBoners!  Shed not a tear.  I endured these rare and precious wines from around the world so that you would not have to.

nwb

7 comments:

StevenLink said...

Well done, Nate. Now maybe the paycheck will show up soon . . .

creative jenny said...

brilliant! you lucky man.... I can just imagine how interesting the experience must have been and I trully hope that you loved tasting those excellent wines. The Riesling..... when you come this way, I shall make sure to have it as well as some of our most incredibly delicious wines. Portugal is unique when it comes to quality for value... very, very good wines, come and check for yourself!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Nate! Regardless of the outcome, that's a damn fine accomplishment! Now, hit the burger joints!

dg

Darin said...

Congrats, Nate!

McBone said...

Thanks everyone! I won't ever forget you, even when I've fallen victim to the trappings of celebrity.

nwb

Kid Shay said...

How will you remember anything with all that wine going straight to your head?

Seriously, I can't wait to see that book at my local Barnes & Noble.

C.J. said...

I totally dig Veramonte! YUM! Looking forward to seeing your name in lights Herr Bowler. Perhaps this is the start of something new... completing book projects. :o)