Wet Dogs and Gushing Oranges: Winespeak for a New Millennium

As a habitual wine drinker and a former wine columnist, I regularly slog through articles and books filled with the fanciful, extravagant, mystifying babble used by writers whose prose is deeply disconnected from the beverage they pretend to describe.

One such writer, ransacking nature for imagery to promote a French wine, paints a regional Burgundy as "a good mountain stream that could one day become a long, peaceful river." The celebrated Robert Parker, turning to the city for