The Enchantment (and Occasional Bummer) of Old Wine

In 1934 Adolf Hitler met Benito Mussolini for the first time. Franklin D. Roosevelt was pushing ahead with his New Deal and Flash Gordon made his debut in a comic strip. Katherine Hepburn won best actress at the sixth Academy Awards, while Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down in Louisiana. Carl Sagan, Brigitte Bardot, and Charles Manson were all born. It was also the year that someone in Colares, a coastal region in Portugal, picked the grapes that were in the wine I was about to drink.

That wine, a Viva Gomes 1934, had been sitting in the winery ever since it

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