Plan­ning ahead

Decanter - - LETTERS -

I un­der­stand John Stimp­fig’s dis­ap­point­ment at his off­springs’ ‘fail­ure to launch’ with re­gard to fine wine ap­pre­ci­a­tion ( July 2017 is­sue), but I cau­tion him to be care­ful what he wishes for. My son, at a sim­i­lar age to John’s, be­gan to take a keen and sud­den in­ter­est in wine, even though his pals were still strictly beer or bour­bon and cola boys. While pleased that we had a new shared in­ter­est, I was cu­ri­ous as to the rea­son. When I asked him he replied: ‘Some­one has to in­herit your cel­lar.’ His ap­pre­ci­a­tion of wine has con­tin­ued to de­velop in the fol­low­ing years on a slightly less strate­gi­cally mer­ce­nary ba­sis, a fact ev­i­denced by the sub­stan­tial ‘shrink­age’ that I dis­cover at each an­nual stock-take of my cel­lar. Phil Gar­ling, New South Wales, Aus­tralia

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