jamie goode's wine blog: Clouds, and learning about wine

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Clouds, and learning about wine

There was a recent program on BBC4 about Cloudspotting, featuring a dude who's set up the Cloud Appreciation Society. It may sound very geeky, but it was actually rather interesting. I learned some new stuff about clouds, and that has now made looking at clouds a little more rewarding. For example, I could admire and enjoy these stratocumulus clouds, pictured while walking the dog.

This reinforces why it's so good to learn a bit about wine, or any other foodstuff or drink. It's because learning enhances enjoyment. Knowing just a little about a subject opens up fresh avenues for appreciation that are closed to those who lack any knowledge. It's also important that people are given easy, approachable ways to do this learning.


At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done mate - this is particularly eleoquently written. However, you really should STOP appearing on TV wearing that grey shirt and black grandad jumper - doesn't look good on the screen at all.

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Arthur said...

I'm all for presenting information in a way that makes it easy to assimilate, but does this run the risk of going down the "too little information is dangerous" path?

At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Brigitte Armenier said...

Or what about: “Clouds, and learning about plants.” Cloud spotting, and the experience of plant observation. Or: from the “Cirrus” gesture of all Graminaceae to the “Cumulus” dynamic of the vine. For in both cases, atmosphere or plant, one is brought to look at phenomena of forms in space which follow the principles of the law of metamorphosis in time. No wonder that Goethe, author of “Metamorphosis of Plants” and whose methodology of observation lies at the source of Biodynamics, was an ardent admirer of Luke Howard’s “On the Modification of Clouds.” And there might be more than a mere coincidence in this peculiar love of the English people for their gardens and clouds…


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