Monday, May 11, 2009

The Blind Wine Taster

The New York Times video collection, "One in 8 Million" features a collection of "characters" from New York City displayed in sound and images. It's a collection of these "character's" passions and problems, relationships and routines, vocations and obsessions, from the subway, the Midtown, the streets, and the neighborhoods - - all with something to say.

From that collection is The Blind Wine Taster." Even before losing her sight in 1995 because of diabetes, Alexandra Elman, 40, had a sophisticated palate. Elman, and her seeing eye dog Hanley, travel the globe to find family-owned vineyards with a dedication to producing wines that reflect the uniqueness of their sites and grapes. And from these vineyards, Elman selects wines for restaurants and shops.

The people. Their stories. The black and white images. Wonderful.

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