From The MetroWines Book Review Department
The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental.
Friends, after all, are the family we choose.
But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential,
and how do they affect our bodies and our minds?
In Friendship, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search
of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations.
She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas
when tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment
of their social needs outside their immediate families.
Denworth draws a link from primate relationships to
scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers
that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes,
and our cardiovascularand immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill.
At long last, social connectionis recognized as critical to wellness and longevity.
I asked Brett Watson to select a bond building bottle!
"Nothing will induce and keep conversation going more than a unique bottle
of skin-fermented (orange) wine from legendary winemaker Elisabetta Foradori.
More known for her Northern Italian "Dolomite Mountain" reds,
she brings us her Ampeleia label from the brambly seaside hills of Maremm,
a in Southern Tuscany. A blend of mostly different strains of Trebbiano mixed
with a dose of Malvasia and rare Ansonica. The bio-dynamic bottling ferments
on skins for 7 days, then ages in concrete tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Also, just tastes really realllllly good."