November 14, 2013 § 1 Comment
Wine is the only beverage other than water that is mentioned in the bible. The history of wine dates as far back as 5,000 B.C. and its importance throughout civilization is unmistakable. In the past, wine set apart the civilized from the uncivilized and was revered in religious ceremonies. In today’s day in age, you can actually spend more on a bottle of water than a bottle of wine. Does wine really deserve all of the praise and glory that it receives? I would answer this question by saying ABSOLUTELY!
Wine deserves the praise and glory, because of how it starts in the vineyard where we grow the grapes that we use to make this outstanding beverage. Where the grapes are grown, how old they are, how they are pruned, managed, and above all the passion of the grower, only scratches the surface of the agricultural side. Wine grapes are sold among the highest price per ton of any produce grown (legally) and the labor that it takes to raise these grapes is unparalleled. Growing hundred plus year old vines that have a flavor and aroma that is unquestionably distinctive of the particular place they are from is very remarkable.
Wine grapes can only flourish in what is known as a Mediterranean climate of which the world only has a handful of locations. It is commonly broken up into what we refer to as New World and Old World and they just so happen to be some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Old World has traditions and laws that set it apart and above the New World, but the New World has technology and forward thinking that keeps the craft progressing. I am still baffled by the fact that monks in Burgundy, hundreds of years ago, decided that the best two grapes for their area were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and we are still trying to match and mimic that perfect pairing.
We only get one opportunity a year to make our product and we may never see another year like the last. Every vintage is a true accumulation of Mother Nature and her year’s work. As winemakers we really just try to compose a beautiful piece of art that is distinctive to place, time, and style.