"I stood in front of the long table and nodded sagely as the owner had the first sip," Broadbent says, savoring the memory. "Then I told the group, ‘This is a very old wine, and you’re tasting history. The grapes for this wine in 1864 were being picked at almost the very moment that General Sherman was marching across Georgia towards Memphis.’"
Unlike many in the wine industry, who are taken with New World wines — from Australia, New Zealand, California — Broadbent champions the classics, Bordeaux and Burgundy. He includes California wines in the book, a couple of pages on the rest, but it’s not where his heart is.
"I know I’m going against the tide," he says. "But this is not a book about wines that you grab off the shelf to drink tonight. I’m writing about wines that have a past and a present and a future."