I was recently asked this question: “What technology can I not live without?” My instant thought was email. We are all a bit addicted to email in the office here at Mountford. We receive bookings for tastings via email; invoices are received and sent via email. I got this blog topic emailed to me. I personally have all 6, yes 6 email addresses I have sent to one particular Gmail account. But, should email be my pick? Really what would email be without internet, without computers? If no one had them, no one would miss them. The world would go back to typewriters or handwritten and waiting for a response from people.
So, what technology can we not live without here at Mountford? Well first, I had better define technology. Today we often think of it in computer, cell phone, and microchip terms. Technology is the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce. It is an invention.
So what is the technology or invention we can’t live without here at Mountford? Wine. You knew that was coming.
Who invented wine? Well, wine, in various infant forms has been around almost as long as man has. The Romans are credited with inventing the wine barrels, Monks with taking meticulous notes on wine making and helping perfect Frances wine making techniques.
My favourite story on how wine was invented has to be this one: A Persian Princess had found herself out of favour with the King of Persia. Upon hearing this news, she attempted to commit suicide by consuming a jar of spoiled grapes. Instead of dying, she found herself feeling better and acting a lot happier. Eventually she passed out, but when she woke up, she found that the King liked her new attitude so much that he admitted her back into his good graces.
In truth though, wine has had many people from many lands developing all the different aspects of it. So, next time you raise a glass of Mountford wine with your friends, remember to thank the world for helping create the technology we can’t live without.