David Schildknecht

La Tâche, wine, and art: The stakeholders’ dilemma

Andrew Jefford (WFW 72, pp.132–37) deems what he terms “wine’s transactional flaw” inevitable, due to wine’s inherent nature as “a highly-crafted, supply-limited comestible product, not a reproducible work of art.” Yet, in one sense, the aesthetic object

Appellations and categories: Spurious specifications

The scourge of “appellationism” has already been treated in this series of columns (WFW 62, p.44; WFW 63, p.50), emphasizing the insidiousness of “typicity” and the lure of “pyramidic” hierarchies. But it can also scarcely be over-emphasized

On typicity in wine: Bandwidth

When it comes to typicity in wine, it's increasingly hard to make generalizations, says David Schildknecht. The diversification that characterizes viticulture and winemaking in our new millennium appears to have developed paradoxically in parallel with consensus concerning

Beginner’s palate

In a packed Carnegie Hall, just two days before New York City recorded its first infections from a virus that would decimate the performing arts, pianist Yuja Wang announced a daring experiment. While she promised to play