While helping a friend in his vineyard a few weeks back, he mentioned that he'd heard "the most hysterical piece about wine snobs on public radio!" He said I HAD to hear it, and promised to send a link to the podcast. Several days later, it arrived via email. Several days after that it found its way onto my "to do" list, and there it sat until last night, when I finally got around to clicking on it.
And then I was lost, absorbed by the mellifluous tones of John Lithgow's voice, as he interpreted the short story, "Tastes" by Roald Dahl. I had actually read the story before, but didn't remember it until the end, so much absorbing was Lithgow's reading than the voice in my own head. It's about an aspiring wine snob learns a lesson from an accomplished one, as he almost loses his daughter's... well, best to just listen yourself...
Click Here for the "Selected Shorts" podcast of Roald Dahl's "Tastes".
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