Varner and Neely Wines in World of Fine Wine
I have massive respect for the magazine, and its editor Neil Beckett. The publication consistently produces top quality work from the best writers around the world. To be able to go in depth on the work Bob and Jim Varner are doing with their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir labels, Varner and Neely, is a huge honor for me. I have so much admiration for them as people, and for what they’re doing in wine.
In a bit of synchronicity, one of the pivot stones of my philosophy career, Charles Taylor, turns out to have an article in the issue as well. He’s written there on Heraclitus and Kant in relation to the aesthetics of wine (to think I believed I couldn’t joy-geek any harder…). It’s a strange surprise to travel the distance from writing my undergraduate honors thesis on his work, to then being at the same professional institution as him (McGill), to now sharing the table of contents in a wine magazine. God has a good sense of humor.
If you don’t know World of Fine Wine, check it out. It really is an excellent magazine. I’m thrilled to say I’ll have more upcoming work in their pages as well.
If you have the chance to read the article, I’d love to hear from you.
Carla Rzeszewski, Jr, and I first visited Varner together, thanks to the introductory efforts of Dan Fredman, and a further recommendation from Jon Bonné. She and I spent a lot of time talking about their wines after, and those conversations came with me through the other visits and tastings I was able to do with the Varners. In many ways I wrote the article for Carla–she was the original motivation–to celebrate those conversations we shared. Love to you, Carla.
Thanks to Kate McKay for the magazine photo.
Thank you to Steven Morgan, Kelli White, and Nick Antignano.
Varner Wines: http://www.varnerwine.com/
To read more on Varner:
Jon Bonné’s article in Decanter, 2011: http://www.varnerwine.com/varner_press_2/Decanter_September_2011.pdf
Jon Bonné’s article in SF Chronicle, 2008: http://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/Bob-and-Jim-Varner-3268043.php
Richard Jennings, 2012: http://www.rjonwine.com/chardonnay/varner-santa-cruz-mountains/