Wine and Storytelling…

Storytelling is form of art; a form that is not that easy to perfect and to become really good at, it takes years to master. It is like prepping yourself for a huge squat or bench press. Have you ever felt 600 lbs on your back? Let me tell you it is difficult and it takes years of patience, dedication and hard work.

Wine and storytelling go hand in hand. You ask me “How so?”. Have you ever thought about what goes into making a perfect bottle of wine. It starts with a soil. Soil is a heart of wine. It will determine the certain characteristics that you tend to notice when you take a swag of your favorite Bonarda, Rioja or perhaps rich, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Have you ever smelled a freshly printed book? That anticipation and fear if the story is as good as you thought it would be. If the first couple pages are good you are hooked, invested in characters and story line. The same goes for wine. After the first sip you will understand if that particular grape is for you. That noise the cork makes when it pops followed by that long sniff that will stay on your palate for as long as the glass is full.

Grape is a structure to wine. It will shape and mold its tenants, color and mood. But the true soul of wine is the person behind it. He or she will put finishing touches to that perfect wine that you love and adore. After months and months of intense care the wine will take its true presence. The wine maker is trying to tell a story that is captivating, different, at times sad, at times filled with sweetness and passion. Maybe with a little touches of spicy.

Next time when you are at your favorite wine bar or just cozying it up at your place with your perfect red, white or rose. Try to appreciate the complexity of the craft that is wine making. Try to understand and unwind the story that is behind that label. Or just enjoy it and don’t think about anything…