Hold the smooth, cool glass in your nimble fingers. Rest your gaze firmly on the fluid inside, fixed stare… hypnotic. Like a diamond, you study it closely, looking for composition, color and clarity. You focus your attention to these qualities but before you’re even aware it’s happened, the liquid has released its aromas and it's already made a solid and lasting impression on you. Part of reason that wine makes such an immediate impression on you is that so many things have made an impression on that wine in in the process of delivering it from vineyard to glass. So what's really in that glass of wine? Here’s just a few things that came to mind…
Rich blood, sweet sweat and salty tears.
A snapshot of a growing season—wind, rain, sun, blue skies, sunsets, rainbows and clouds.
A whole lot of money—barrels, bottles, corks, capsules, labels, equipment and staff.
Skin, pulp, seeds, stems.
Respect, love, appreciation, admiration.
Someone’s hopes, dreams, expectations, aspirations, successes, failures.