Buying Local Wines: Does the Idea Travel Well?
The local food movement is booming in the U.S., so why the hesitation to buy local wine? Eric Asimov argues it's the same reason consumers don't buy cheese simply because it's local: it is a product developed by people to be transportable, tradable and unique to its place of origin.
“Over time the wine of a region and the food of a region creates the cuisine of a region,” said Mr. Page, who previously was a chef in Northern California and New York City. “That can take decades, sometimes centuries, to build.”
“I watched it develop in California in the 1970s and ’80s,” he said. “I’m seeing it happen all over again, albeit in a much smaller way.”