When I moved to Piemonte I wanted to enjoy all 4 seasons but there’s so many of them here- and now, the season to pick the grapes – Vendemmia 2012. All very exciting.
Perhaps when I pour myself a glass of chilled white wine tonight I’ll think about Santa Rosa where I was born – wine country of another kind – that lovely place, and think of that funnyfunnyfunny movie “Sideways” when Virginia Madsen’s character goes all poetic:
“How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ’61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.”
And why shouldn’t we get emotional like Maya, as the Italians like to say, “Wine is Love…”