The Best Film of the Year (So Far), “Arrival” and KATA on this Week’s Podcast

The wine: KATA Wines from David Beckstoffer


KATA Wine, in its basic form, was started with the inaugural vintage of 2011 by David Beckstoffer with winemaker Benoit Touquette, Napa Valley rising star and winemaker for Realm, La Ponza, Familiar Air and his own, Fait-Main. Beckstoffer, COO and President of Beckstoffer Vineyards, and son of the founder, Andy Beckstoffer, manages some of the most prized vineyards in Napa Valley, some of which goes into his KATA Cabernet Sauvignon.

From the heritage Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard in St. Helena the wine is bold and powerful, but also finessed, elegant and refined with structure, texture, and incredible character.

But the name, KATA has many meanings.  A Japanese word, KATA are detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. The term form is used for the corresponding concept in non-Japanese martial art, like aikido, judo, kendo and karate. A practitioner of martial arts, Beckstoffer liked the connection with the ideology of KATA that practicing kata allowed a company of persons to engage using a systematic approach, rather than as individuals in a disorderly manner, much like any stage of winemaking.

There is also the idea of KATA, referring to any basic form, routine, or pattern of behavior that is practiced to various levels of mastery. Once such mastery is achieved, the theory goes, the doing of a thing perfectly is as easy as thinking it.  Winemaking is never routine, but the process and theories can be followed with repition, year after year, mastering the craft and techinique while always working with what Mother Nature gives you.


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