In Cavalier Career, we explore the will to do good work. So what kind of work does it take–really–to bring wine to the table? Consider:.
- A harvest crew skilled not only at picking fruit, but hunting rabbits.
- Courage enough to traverse war-torn Syria in a taxicab full of ripening grapes.
- Nerve to skirt the law, particularly in Turkey, where it is illegal to market wine and the consequences may be harsh.
- Patience as long as the life cycle of a koala bear: If eight years pass before you bottle your wine, then so be it.
- Hunger. Voracious hunger.
That last bit, according to writer Cathy Huyghe, is key. Whether the ache of passion or of physical appetite, hunger drives the wine business. It also drives our own private pursuits.
In Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World through the Lens of a Wine Glass, Huyghe uncorks bottles
and stories from around the world. With uncommon curiosity, she looks past the luxe labels and technical tasting notes to global socioeconomics. The resulting twelve “conversations about wine” (as she calls them) reveal the humanity behind one of the world’s most celebrated beverages–and the drive it takes to pursue one’s hunger. Continue reading