Depth in Daily Living

“If meaning and value are to be recaptured in our lives, it must penetrate everyday life.” –Dwight Furrow

It is in what we notice in everyday life, the connections we make between past experiences and present observations, in these intersections we find art. To sip a wine is pleasant, but to really think about what that wine reminds us of, or what memories, maybe even hopes that it conjures up, that is to truly experience the wine, to look at it artfully.

Villa Antinori, 2009

Villa Antinori, 2009

Villa Antinori, 2009 is a super Tuscan IGT made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. In the glass it is the color of an old-time movie theater curtain. The tannins are as velvety as said curtains. The aromas are blackberries and oak, but in the mouth this wine is like bright cherries on satin. It is smooth, crisp and beautifully integrated, indeed, a super Tuscan.

“I have grown weary of the poets…they all muddy their waters to make them appear deep.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

When we refrain from layering on our own perspective when discussing wine, when we just observe objectively, rate the balance and structure, is that a more honest evaluation? Does the figurative language of wine writing make the wine more interesting than it is, muddy the waters or does it get at a deeper truth in the wine?

“I like to compare making wine to raising children, because both are long-term procedures where you make decisions on a daily basis. And the sum of those decisions makes the final product.” -Marketta Fourmeaux

The more we observe and add to our simple daily living, the richer our lives become.

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11 comments on “Depth in Daily Living

  1. themodernsomm says:

    I really dig this wine. It’s kind of staple of mine. Excellent wine for the money.

  2. Villa Antinori is very enjoyable and thankfully I still have some more in the cellar. You could also say that the more we taste, the richer our lives can be as well.

  3. Sagely said, oh wise one. And very social-worker-mom-ish, too. (Let’s admit that both contenders have a point!) I agree.

    When I want a clear evaluation of a wine, to decide whether I want to try it, then I want the more objective kind of observation that Stefano and Oliver (and others, but they came to mind because I read them all the time) do so well.

    But I like the poetry, too. When I’m in the mood for poetry, it’s exactly right. But as with every attempt at poetry, sometimes it just bombs. But that’s okay. You have to take risks with poetry-creation, or nothing genuinely poetic (in other words, delightfully surprising) will happen with the language.

    So, let the scientists and the poets both come to the table, and let them take turns talking.

    • foxress says:

      I’d like to drink wine with scientists and poets. That sounds like a fun table!

      • Love your thoughts, Linda. I am always trying to add the personal layer, the connection I have with a wine or a region, what it conjures up…reading Tracy’s comment (which naturally is appreciated) made me wonder whether I actually accomplish that…? I believe in the personal approach to wine, as to life. And there is poetry in all our connections…

        That said, I do remember this wine fondly. Good value for money. Very quaffable. Many a night did I enjoy this in Germany.

      • foxress says:

        Oliver, first I have to say it again; I’m glad you’re back! Second, thank you, as always, for reading and commenting. Thirdly, imho, you definitely make poetic connections in your writing, and thank you for that, as well.

      • Oh, Linda, it is good to be back for sure. The trip was great, but I definitely missed this communal aspect of blogging…and thanks for your impression. I always enjoy your posts, they are just so well written and thought-inducing…

  4. Dwight Furrow says:

    I love Antinori’s line up. From the less expensive to the pricey it is consistently good and interesting.
    If as a writer you want to explain what is unique or interesting about a wine, its hard to see how an objective analysis of flavors, body, acidity, tannins, etc. would do it. You might discover whether the wine is in a style you prefer but what is special about a particular wine is seldom found in those components. Only metaphor and other literary devices will give you the tools needed to adequately describe it.

    Thanks for the mention.

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