-我想起其中的明星就是那瓶1961年的白马庄园(I guess the star would a 1961
Cheval Blanc)
-你有一瓶61年的白马庄园,却放在那里不动?(You’ve got a ’61 Cheval Blanc
and it’s just sitting there?)
-Yes I do.
-Go get it.I’m
serious!Hurry!61年的酒现在正是最好的时候是吧?我从书上看到的(The ’61s
are peaking right now aren’t they? Taht’s what I’ve read.)
-That’s right,yeah.
-It might be too late already.What are you waiting for?
-Oh I don’t know.A special occasion with the right person.It was
supposed to be for my 10th wedding anniversary but……
-You know the day you open a ’61 Cheval Blanc…that’s the special

    Maya: Can I ask you a personal question, Miles?

图片 1图片源于:BBC英语

-不知道你为什么对葡萄酒着迷?(why are you into wine?)
-i think i originally got into wine through my ex-husband.you know he
had a big sort of show-off cellar(他有一个很大的值得炫耀的酒窖),but
then i discoverd that i had a really sharp
palate(然后我发现我的味觉非常敏锐),and the more i drank,the more i
like what it made me think about.
-like what?
-like what a fraud he was.(比方说我意识到他是一个骗子。)……i mean i
like to think about the life of wine.how it’s a living thing.i like to
think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing…how the
sun was shining…if it rained. i like to think about all the people who
tended and picked the grapes…and if it’s an old wine how many of them
must be dead by now. i like how wines continues to evolve,like if li
opened a bottle of wine today…it would taste different than if i’d
opened it on any other day. because a bottle of wine is actually alive
and it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. that is until it
peaks…like your ’61. and then it begins its steady,inevitable decline.
and it tastes so fucking

    Miles: Sure.

  Vindigo is made with Chardonnay, that is white wine grapes – and it
gets its translucent blue colour because it’s filtered through the skins
of other dark grapes – these containing the purple agent anthocyanin,
which properly treated can make a wine blue rather than the more normal

    Maya: Why are you so into Pinot? I mean it’s like a thing with


    Miles: Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Uh, it’s a hard grape to
grow. As you know, right? So, it’s thin-skin, temperamental, ripens
early, that’s… You know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can
just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs
constant care attention. You know, and in fact it can only grow in these
really specific little tucked away corners of the world. And, and only
the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only
somebody really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then
coax it into its fullest expression. And, then I mean, its flavor is
just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and
ancient on the planet. No, I mean, you know Cabernets can be powerful
and exalting too, but they seem prosaic to me, by comparison, I don’t
know, I don’t know. What about you?

  So it’s all perfectly natural, and on a Mediterranean terrace,
looking over a blue sea and a blue sky, what could be more delightful
than ‘a beaker full of the warm South’ as Keats put it. We’re told it
has tones of cherry and passion fruit, that in blind tastings it scores
well against the rosés, and that in this summer of World Cup victory,
the French want nothing more than to complete their tricolour of wines –

    Maya: What about me?


    Miles: I don’t know why you are in the wine?

  But the French can also spot a gimmick when they see one. And ‘le
vin bleu’ definitely fits that particular bar bill.

    Maya: Oh, I, I think I, I originally got into wine through my
ex-husband. You know he has a big show-off cellar, you know. But then I
discovered that I had really a sharp palette. The more I drank, the more
I liked what it made me think about.

  当然法国人也能分辨出什么是骗人的营销花招,而 “蓝葡萄酒(le vin
bleu)” 正是此类营销手段的产物。

    Miles: Like what?


    Maya: What a fraud he was. No, I mean, I like to think about the
life of wine.

  translucent 清透的、半透明的

    Miles: Yeah?

  filtered 经过滤

    Maya: How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going
on the year the grapes were growing, how the sun was shining; if it
rained? I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the
grapes. And if it’s old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I
like how wine continues to evolve. Like if I opened a bottle of wine
today, it would taste different than if I opened it on any other day.
Because a bottle of wine has actually alive. And it’s constantly
evolving, in gaining complexity that is until its peaks, like your
sixty-one. And then it begins it’s steady, inevitable, decline. And it
tastes so good.

  agent 添加剂


  treated 被处理、被加工


  terrace 梯田


  beaker (无柄的)大酒杯


  tones 香味,味道


  blind tastings 盲品(不看酒瓶,只通过品尝味道来分辨酒质好坏的测试)


  tricolour 三色旗


  gimmick 花招、把戏


  ’le vin bleu’ 蓝色葡萄酒(法语)




  实习编辑:朱子发 责任编辑:赵润琰

61 年的酒,之后一定就会,慢慢失去香醇。它一定很香。