Seeking Perfection

Sophie Loren at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival

Sophie Loren at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival

Our friend Hugo recently gifted us with a gorgeous Aritsuga chef's knife — with our initials engraved in the base of the blade, no less! It's a damn sweet knife, pretty much perfect, from a Japanese manufacturer that's been forging blades since 1560. 

Coincidentally, on June 10 of this year The Wall Street Journal published an article titled "The Unimprovable Awards: Celebrating 6 Perfect Things." Sure enough, the Aritsuga knives were included, as, ahem, was Zalto stemware. 

Now, "perfect" is a pretty daring handle. A descriptor we should probably reserve for the rarest of of the rare, even if, like the knife and stemware mentioned above, or the Leica pictured below, they are relatively mass produced items.

 

photo credit: One Street Photo

photo credit: One Street Photo

While they arguably exist, there are few "perfect" wines (unless you're a fan of the hundred-point scale). But that rare moment of vinous nirvana is one not only triggered by the wine itself, but to the place it was imbibed and, in my opinion, most importantly, the company the wine was shared with.

I mean, few things are more pathetic than Paul Giamatti's character Miles in the movie Sideways, sad and alone with his cherished bottle of 1961 Cheval Blanc, slurped from a Styrofoam cup.

So I say, while questing for that rare and elusive "perfect" bottle, be sure to enjoy the perfection of imperfection, with the right people, of course.