Wine starts in the vineyard: a vigneron (wine grower) cocooning a little grape vine, watering it, pruning it, training it, and turn it into a fertile grown-up plant.
This plant will give fruit. Only the most careful attention to growing this fruit, protecting it from diseases and pests will allow to make good wine out of it. The natural destiny of a grape fruit bunch is to be turned into vinegar by bacteria and return to earth, back to Nature.
Again, men protects the fruit of the grape vine, controls its fermentation and bottles it up. This way, men keeps wine for himself, away from Nature, subliming its taste through maturation and ageing.
Only when the poetry contained in every bottle is ready to be revealed (preferably with a good meal, sharing with friends or family), will the wine eventually return to Nature. Through the palate of a wine lover, this piece of “sunlight held together by water“ (Galileo Galilei 1564-1642) will reveal its origin, its terroir, its age, the passion that’s gone into making it, its life…
Respect, and enjoy your wine. Cheers !!
Image by Kimber Wallwork-Heinemen published on betterphoto.com