Sunday was Mark Twain’s 179th birthday (honestly, how did I ever know stuff before Twitter?). I’ve been a Twain fan since 7th grade, when I read Huckleberry Finn for the first time (and decided maybe I wouldn’t die of boredom in English class, after all). Twain’s snarky, satirical commentary on American society is pretty brilliant.
Mark Twain is exhaustibly quoted, and for good reason — he could turn a phrase (or deliver an insult) like few others. And of course, he had words about wine!
Sidebar: Twain was a prolific cigar smoker, but there’s not much information out there regarding Twain’s favorite drink. Some say Twain wasn’t much of a drinker at all. Some say he was a bourbon man, others say pisco was his poison, and still others make a case for absinthe. Anyone know a Twain scholar?? I’d love a definitive answer.
Anyway . . . I came across these Twain words in Kevin Zraly’s book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course:
Hello, wine mantra! Twain’s words really strike a chord — because wine is inherently personal. I don’t pay too much attention to the critics (or the shelf-talkers that anoint a wine with a high score). At the end of the day . . . trust your palate. Drink what you like, and like what you drink.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “all modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” And on that note, I think I’ll pour myself a glass of Pinot Noir and re-read that treasure.