Also he knows A LOT about wine. As in, could be a professional sommelier tomorrow, if he wanted to. And has been collecting--seriously collecting--since the early 90s.
Which means, as I've gotten more and more into wine, he's the one I always email. (He's also the person, in middle school, who introduced me to a) David Bowie and b) Bob Dylan. And then, much later, to c) Tarkovsky. So, probably three of my five greatest artistic heroes--and it's because of him I know about them!)
Anyway, I email him a lot about wines--which ones to buy, if my wine dealer is giving me good prices or not, etc. [That's right. I have a wine dealer! I'm the narrator of Brideshead Revisited!]
So after a lot of recent back and forth about all sorts of wine-relates stuff (BTW--on Esquire network, the show Uncorked is highly worth watching) he just sent me this. Which I'm posting just because it's so good. And perfectly summarizes everything that's wonderful about this person.
And also because, smart as he is, and as good as is his taste (i.e.: impeccable) I'm pretty sure this is 100% correct:
my biggest concern is whether 2015 white burgundy prices are going to be higher or lower than 2012. that is my main concern.... :p'