Like wine through water

Like wine through water

A lovely image of something – a dream or an idea – imbuing every part of your being. I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the...
Conveyor belts of civilization

Conveyor belts of civilization

Wine as a key constituent of our civilization, and I liked the idea of its being moved on great conveyor belts of happiness. For much of Europe, civilization has been intimately and happily tangled up with wine  – the essential element in wave upon wave of...
At one with the universe

At one with the universe

A joyous, rolicking testimony of the power of wine to turn men into gods, or at least make them feel that way. Zorba’s exuberance and vivid experience of even the commonplace makes him a world class nuannaarpoqian. May you occasionally feel as if you will live a...
A hamper of friendship

A hamper of friendship

Something magical about hampers and other gifts of food and drink. I could live without the arack, but love the cheese, pomegranates, and raisin and fig selection, a perfect picnic snack. See also Pliny the Younger on a gift of dates.’A little later he sent us...
Nothing more marvelous

Nothing more marvelous

A delicious dinner with friends, the table noise, also the talk noise. In our case, these are mostly at home, so we are the waiters filling the glasses and plates. The summer is coming and if it is kind, we can hold most of those dinners in the garden, accompanied by...
Fruit and more

Fruit and more

This line from a George Herbert poem bespeaks a sense of abundance and satiety – the wine is made of grapes, so you don’t need them besides.  Herbert collected nearly two thousand aphorisms and they echo in his poetry.   ‘But can he want the...
An ideal summer evening

An ideal summer evening

All that wine-tasters’ lingo about bouquet and tasting of tires or leather, not a patch on Keats’ description of the effects of good wine sipped in an arbour on a summer evening.  Keats is at least as good a letter-writer as he is a poet, and his...
Don’t wait too late

Don’t wait too late

This quirky but reasonable injunction correlating wine with life and life with wine comes from a letter Ingrid Bergman received from Erich Maria Remarque, author of the searing All Quiet on the Western Front, about German soldiers in the First World War.  A gentle...
A confluence of colours

A confluence of colours

What is your idea, experience or dream of a timeless afternoon? A timeless afternoon is in a bottle of rosé on a table by the beach. I picture walking towards a low table in the middle of yellow fine sand, a light breeze in my hair, the ocean waves washing softly onto...

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