It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Won’t You Be Ours?

Visiting Ridge Vineyards

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What’s the weather like where you are? Is it wine-drinking weather? What does beauty mean for you? Are you a fog person, or a sun person? Do you like dry heat, or humidity? Do you like the snow, or the ocean? Where do you drink wine, and when? Morning, afternoon, evening, midnight? Are you a traditionalist? Meaning, white in the heat, red in the cold? Or are you just crazy for a certain thing, and don’t care what the weather is? Cool-climate Merlot by the pool, by the fire, by yourself, by the glass? What do you put in your backpack when you hike up a mountain to read ancient Zen poetry? When you go to the beach to watch for whales? When you go to the cafe, one of those great old-school ones with the newspaper on bamboo, what do you order? Surely a 375ml? But what? Carignane? What’s your love-making wine? What wine goes with Trip-Hop? What wine goes with fog?

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Driving from Santa Cruz to Monte Bello, I learn its subtleties; like an Eskimo with snow, I have many words for fog; all relative. I am below the fog, inside the fog, above the fog.

Monte Bello

is above

the fog.

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Fog Haiku #1

What is solid, like mind,

which is not solid? What is

brief, like fog, like mind?

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If taste is relative, how is Cabernet at 1500 feet, at 2300 feet? In space?

If it is true, as said by Kahlil Gibran, that life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit, then what explains my heart amongst these now-grapeless vines?

Meaning, if life is the vine, and love is the grape, then wine is the gift of our hearts unto you.

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Visiting Ridge Vineyards



Categories: Events & Photographs, Monte Bello, Vineyards and Oenology, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Philosophy, Wine & Poetry, Wine Quotes

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