Is it a flaw or a feature?
Nicholas Cage’s Nose and why you should drink what you love.
This sculpture represents the beauty of individual taste and that in wine (and life), some technically flawed things can be more interesting and, dare we say, beautiful. Moreover, you like what you like and should drink what you like! We don’t all have the same tastes.
The idea comes from David’s days as Wine Director at Lydia Bastianich’s Felidia when a guest who was a casual wine drinker tasted a glass of wine and accurately described the characteristics of Brettanomyces. David pointed out that what she just described was sometimes considered a flaw but that the importer of that wine has a portfolio full of wines with Brett. He said that while it’s technically a flaw, many people enjoy that flavor and, especially in small amounts, believe it adds complexity to a wine. Without missing a beat, the woman replied, “So it’s flawed but more interesting? Just like Nicholas Cage’s nose?” And David laughed and said, “Exactly.” Smiling, she finished with, “I think he’s so beautiful.”
People have different tastes and associations with a given stimulus. At Community, we encourage people to explore these tastes, but we never tell them they are wrong for enjoying a certain wine or spirit because personal taste is entirely subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.