May came quite fast this year, and on May 1 were we treated to the first 80 degree weather of the year in Sonoma County. Hurray! There are only three weeks of class left before Final’s Week. Graduation is on May 28th, and my classes are filled with graduating seniors who have a bad case of “senioritis.” This means they can’t stop talking, fidgeting, and swinging betweens moods of euphoria over graduating and anxiety over entering the job market.
In the vineyards the green leaves are growing rapidly under the warm sun. Small baby clusters of grapes are being formed. I spend much time in my vineyard “suckering” the vines, which means pulling off unnecessary leaves and shoots which take energy from the grape bearing vines.
And so during this very busy month of the year, I have found a quote by Ernest Hemingway which reminds us to relax a little and enjoy life and wine.
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.
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon