I live in a region that is abundant with beauty.
In my day-to-day travels I ended up on this beautiful vineyard lush with fruit ripening on the vine. These luscious grapes were so entrancing and plentiful I couldn’t help but gaze at them for as long as possible. I find such incredible wonderment in Nature’s abilities. I longed to touch them – just to see if they were real since they looked so heavenly, but that was not an option.
These bountiful specimens are growing to be transformed into wine. Wonderful, palate-pleasing vino.
After enjoying the vineyard, I visited the adjoining winery for a bottle of wine to enjoy at home, paired with a laid back meal.
It is such a sublime experience to visit a vineyard and know where the wine you set on your table comes from. The journey from plump fruit to an ambrosia of the gods is a splendid thing.
I am not a connoisseur of wine but I do know what I like, and don’t. To me, a glass of wine should be shared. Whether it be shared with a meal that allows the wine and the flavors on the plate to encourage each other to dance seductively or with friends over good conversation and an abundance of laughs. Life, like wine, is to enjoy.
“[Grapes are] the most noble and challenging of fruits.”
Malcolm Dunn, Head Gardener to the 7th Viscount Powerscourt, c 1867
Quotes in ‘Phylloxera’ by Christy Campbell