It has been said that to understand wine one must kiss a lot of frogs; that is, taste a lot of ordinary wine to recognise the great. Notwithstanding the whiff of myth infused to entice novices into tasting the dull brackets so others don’t have to, nor the fact that I’ve kissed enough frogs to know that if such a theory were true, I’d be a super-taster and married to a prince, I’m not entirely convinced.
“I can’t help but wonder if an education that starts by wading in oceans of sameness to understand greatness is any more helpful than taking students of the Renaissance to the edge of suburbia instead of on a Grand Tour of Florence.”
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