I had the opportunity last Saturday to chat with Eric Miller – author of ‘The Vintner’s Apprentice’ and lover of all things wine. He was here at Fante’s discussing wine, signing copies of his book, and chatting with customers about…well, everything! Here are some highlights from our conversation:
What can blog readers learn from your book?
The book isn’t some technical in-depth and serious text book. It’s for people who are curious about wine, who love to drink wine and want to know WHY wines taste the way they do. It was very important at the beginning of writing the book that it appealed to all types of wine enthusiasts. Sure, there is technical information in the book for those that want that in-depth information, but also has interesting information about different types of wine, the grapes used for different wines, and again, why they taste the way they do.
How did you get involved with wine?
That’s an easy one: I’ve been drinking wine for as long as I can remember, since I was 6 or 7! (Editor’s note: I don’t think he’s joking.) The choice to make a living out of something I enjoy seemed to be the most logical step. At first it was a way to support my love of wine, but has since become a way of life. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I decide on is what we’ll have for dinner that night based on whatever type of wine is in the fridge. By the time I get out of bed, I have our entire dinner planned, including what wine we’ll have to drink!
What sets Chaddsford Winery apart from other local vineyards?
Chadssford Winery really started the wine revolution in the area; it was one of the first local wineries to open (1982). Of course, the essentials were already here in the Brandywine valley: soil, weather, climate. We started the local winery movement that has since brought about other small wineries in the area.
What is your personal favorite wine?
It’s hard to pinpoint a specific one, I love them all. Each one is so unique in flavor, body, and texture it would be difficult to pick just one. I do love a good California Cabernet though. I enjoy white wine, but I drink white to get to the red. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world tasting different wines: if they have vineyards, chances are I’ve been there or will get there eventually. Some notable places: West Coast states, California, Washington, Oregon – Europe: Spain, France, Croatia, Germany… China is getting involved in wine, starting to become a part of the revolution. Hope to get there one day, just waiting for the invite!
Thanks again, Eric! I’ll cheers to you with my next glass of red.