“Go wherever the narrow way passes.”
I admit it; I don’t like wine. There, I’ve said it. My husband, a world-class oenophile, might have reconsidered marrying me if I’d felt that way when we first met. (just kidding……or maybe not!!) What I DO like, are vineyards. Ripe with grapes, just harvested, newly planted – you name it, they’re a photographer’s dream.
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
Henry David Thoreau
Happily, most vintners don’t mind my wandering through their countless rows of wine-to-be while my husband happily samples their wares. Admittedly, there have been many occasions when I’ve stared glassy-eyed as he expounds with other like-minded wine lovers on the earthiness/fruit=forward/tennis ball in the mouth (REALLY?!??!) qualities of one vintage versus another. On those occasions I’ve felt a bit like ET must have felt before he was able to Phone Home 😊.
“A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig.”
Perhaps my favorite thing about visiting vineyards is that wine lovers to a person all seem to know and appreciate good food. Count on it – where there are vineyards, there will definitely be wonderful restaurants. Now THERE’s a quality that gets my attention. Walla Walla Washington, where these captures were made, was no exception. Good food. beautiful weather, good photo ops and a happy husband? Priceless!!
“Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
In closing, I shot the advertising poster above in one of the vineyards we visited because a) it made me laugh and b) when explained it made perfect sense. The Walla Walla vineyards join others across Oregon and Washington in protecting water quality and bio-diversity for native salmon. They do so by planting trees on streams, growing cover crops to control run-off, and applying natural methods to control weeds and pests. Who knew?!
Cheers – whatever your libation of choice – until next week.