“Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week’s challenge “Against All Odds” brought to my mind the amazing transformation of vine to wine, and all of the things that have to go well in order to create the magic of a wonderful vintage.
“If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night”
Perfect weather, years of nurturing special vines, creative winemakers with amazing taste buds, just the right cask for the task, the right amount of time before bottling…..a list long enough to frighten even the most enthusiastic oenophile. And yet somehow it all comes together and the delicious results make it all worthwhile.
“True love is like wine, it gets stronger with age.”
Fahid F. Ibrahim
The origins of wine are believed to predate written records and have been proven to go back as far as 4000 BC. It has persevered despite horrific insect infestations, dramatic swings in weather, and even here in the US, prohibition. Now THAT’s what I call “against the odds”.