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by Fred McMillin
Guilty As Charged?
In The Courtroom
Judge: "You have been charged with producing a wine that scored 93 in the last McMillin tasting, while the average rating of the 25 competitors was only 83. Thus, you have caused the acute embarrassment of over two dozen hard-working California wineries. How do you plead?"
Winemaker John Clark: "Guilty, your honor."
In The Winery
Also, there are two unindicted co-conspirators...
John's wife, Kelley Clark—Actually, she should have been charged, too. Like her husband, she also has a graduate "grape" degree, and works as a consultant at the offending winery, as well as running her own outside consulting service.
Michele Le Danois—Professor Le Danois lives in Bordeaux with her husband and two daughters, but visits the offending winery in California regularly, so cannot avoid all resposibility for production of such a terrific wine from a grape of French origin.
Here's the problem wine.
1997 Laetitia Reserve Pinot Noir
About the winery name, the photo shows Mt. Laetitia rising behind the guilty vineyard. It is pronounced "luh-teesh-ee-uh" or "luh-teesh-uh."
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