Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
The theme of this week’s photo challenge is “Names.” It took me a while to come up with an idea for this one, especially as we are entreated to make sure the names in our photos are clearly legible.
I was standing in the kitchen, looking around at all the bits and pieces left over from the memorable meal we had shared with our friends on New Year’s Eve: chocolates, crisps, nuts, a couple of half-drunk bottles of wine and…of course, several empty champagne bottles, sitting next to the dustbin, on their way to the recycle unit in the village. I picked up a bottle. The name was only just visible. I put it down and turned hopefully to the fridge and there it is, a single unopened bottle with its name clearly visible!
Since we live deep in the heart of the wine lands of the south of France, since our farm is literally surrounded by vineyards and since we host walking and wine tasting holidays here in the summer, I thought a picture of a wine bottle with its label clearly visible would be the perfect for this week’s challenge.
Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilisation and the art of living.