WHO WE ARE
We are two wine-loving, wine-drinking young professionals living it up in New York. We travel, we taste, we eat, we opine.
One of us is Australian (from Melbourne) and the other from down home Virginia. What we impart on this site is our opinion and ours alone – we don’t take bribes (yet). If you want to get in contact with us, use the contact form on our site, or find us on facebook.com/downunderbigapple.
We hope you enjoy!
The inspiration for this site comes from a clever wine buff named Len Evans. He wrote a “theory of capacity” in regards to wine that I think is spot on. It’s copied below, and I particularly like points nine and ten. But basically: it’s ok to spend money on things you enjoy, and if it’s wine, then make sure you buy the best you can afford.
1. There is an awful lot of wine in the world, but there is also a lot of awful wine.
2. No sensible person drinks to excess, therefore any one person can only drink a certain amount in a lifetime.
3. There are countless flavors, nuances and shades of wine; endless varieties, regions, styles. You have neither the time nor the capacity to try them all.
4. To make the most of the time left to you, you must start by calculating your total future capacity. One bottle a day is 365 bottles a year. If your life expectancy is another 30 years, there are only 10,000-odd bottles ahead of you.
5. People who say: ‘you can’t drink the good stuff all the time’ are talking rubbish. You must drink good stuff all the time. Every time you drink a bottle of inferior wine, it’s like smashing a superior bottle against the wall. The pleasure is lost forever – you can’t get that bottle back.
6. There are people who build up huge cellars, most of which they have no hope of drinking. They are foolish in over-estimating their capacity but they err on the right side and their friends love them.
7. There are also people who don’t want to drink good wine, and they are happy with the cheapies. I forgive them. There are others who are content with beer and spirits. I can’t worry about everybody.
8. Wine is not meant to be enjoyed for its own sake; it is the key to love and laughter with friends, to the enjoyment of food, beauty and humor and art and music. Its rewards are far beyond its cost.
9. What part of your life is wine? Ten percent? Ergo, ten percent of your income should be spent on wine.
10. The principle of this theory should be applied to other parts of life.