“Moreover, he changed the way I tasted, judged, and selected wine. He did not instruct me. I observed him tasting, observed him matching wine to food and food to wine in restaurants, listened to his appreciations as he searched for whatever distinguished each wine. He did not taste with the fixed idea of the “perfect wine” in mind. He valued finesse, balance, personality, and originality. If a wine had something to say, he listened. If a wine was a cliché, he had little interest. If it was different, apart from the rest, he appreciated it more.”
Kermit Lynch, sobre Richard Olney, em Adventures on the Wine Route – a wine buyer’s tour of France.