I was a latecomer to the class and it showed. I brought no plate or sliverware and worse, I was full. I had already had my dinner. Paul Wagner, our teacher had eaten dinner too, but he managed to put away a full plate, explaining "I'm a professional."
George Sainstbury would approve. In the introduction to his Notes from a Cellar-Book Saintsbury's editor Thomas Pinney says, "To delicate and fastidious tastes, such an appetite may seem coarse and undiscriminating; but there are others who may find it splendid, even heroic. The capacity to enjoy is, after all, a virtue. Saintsbury certainly had it, and in superlative measure."
The class is A Cultural Appreciation of Wine at Napa Valley College and learnin' never tasted so good. Wine flows. Food is savored. All in superlative measure.
The serendipity of a good read is also in superlative measure.
I probably would not have stumbled upon Notes from a Cellar-Book if it had not been the only book from the class reading list that was still available to this latecomer. It is a gem. More about that later - for now, let me share the class reading list - I plan to read them all.