Potential. A humble grape, with its meaty flesh sealed tight by a waxy skin, waits. This cluster, in mid-winter, missed the harvest. Missed the chance to be pressed and bottled into fine wine. Missed the chance to be sniffed and swirled and boasted over. Instead, the cluster remained clinging to the vine. Instead, it waited…
We were excited about this wine: a Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1984. It had sat quietly waiting in the darkness of the cellar where flecks of mold found their way along the label. But the contents remained clear. As we poured the wine into our glasses, we marveled at the intenseness of its color made ever more brilliant by the final rays of the setting sun.
We sat, quiet, watching the afternoon sun throw gems through the church windows of our wine.
Sometimes Wednesday needs a glass of wine and a listening heart.
“The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon.”
–Douglas William Jerrold, English dramatist
[and wine tasting]
–Living Life Forté
Bottling Weekend is the one time it is acceptable to tell someone, “Put a cork in it.”
A good day in the valley includes old friends, wine, and sunshine.
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
“Every box of raisins is a tragic tale of grapes that could have been wine.”
“We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.” –Marcus Aurelius
“Wine is not only a drinking; it is sniffing, observing, tasting, or sipping .” –Edward VII (King of England 1901-1910)
“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelavant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” –Joan Collins (romance novelist)