I have written elsewhere about my fascination with success, and the multitude of factors that have to come together to achieve it. Perhaps harder to define is just what is success, especially when we consider an individual. Is it being a master of one's art, being popular, making money or being comfortable with oneself?
These thoughts were much in my mind when I recently prepared for and presented a tasting for the Hextable Wine Society in tribute to the late, great wine educator, Richard Bost. Richard was not only a friend, but a professional wine educator who I admired for his skills, knowledge and passion. He was a popular speaker at events held by many wine societies, as evidenced by having a diary as full as he wished, and the feedback received. Now, I say the following with caution: there are several wine writers, well-known names and in the 'first division,' who are accomplished wordsmiths but who are lacking in presentation skills and have an audience at a tutored tasting dozing between wines. Richard was not a writer - he was a dedicated wine educator with a sparkle in his eye and the ability to both weave a tale and take his audience on a journey. I miss you Richard, as a friend and colleague, and the wine world is emptier without you.