10 Questions With Vincent Fritzsche
Vincent Fritzsche is an urban winemaker who has made the remarkable leap from making wine in his garage in NE Portland to making wine commercially. His 2010 Pinot Noirs are being offered as futures at his winery (Vincent Wines) and they are worth seeking out.
While interviewing Vincent for an upcoming newsletter, he graciously agreed to answer ten simple questions. This idea, and these questions, were inspired by James Lipton, the droll host of Inside the Actors Studio. But I don’t feel too guilty, as Lipton ripped off the idea from French TV host Bernard Pivot. And Lipton probably didn’t feel guilty because Pivot ripped them off from Marcel Proust!
1. What is your favorite wine descriptor?
2. What is your least favorite wine descriptor?
3. What kind of wine turns you on?
VF: A wine that has “edge.”
4. What kind of wine turns you off?
VF: Glossy, candy wines.
5. What smell do you love?
VF: A dry herb (sage or rosemary), garrigue-like smell that I always associate with hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
6. What smell do you hate?
VF: Electrical smells.
7. When sorting grapes and getting attacked by yellowjackets, what is your favorite curse word?
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
VF: Public relations professional.
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say about your wine when you arrive at the pearly gates?
VF: “Good on ya, mate.” I’ve always thought of God as being an Aussie.