Winter in Wine Country

I always think that winter is a great time to be studying in a university.  The cooler weather is conducive to reading by the fire or finding a comfortable nook in the library to complete assignments.  It is a cozy and creative time – marked by Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) and the first day of spring on March 20.

It is also a beautiful and introspective time in California wine country.  The crowds are gone and it is possible to visit a winery tasting room and receive lots of one-on-one attention.  The vineyards are bereft of leaves and so it is possible to see the beautiful sculptures the naked branches create.  Recently I visited a winery in Napa that is varnishing old vines and selling them in the tasting room as works of art – they really are!

In celebration of this beautiful winter season, I found a quote by Frenchman, Pierre Motin, which describes the warmth which wine can bring (drunk in moderation):

Bacchus we thank who gave us wine,

Which warms the blood within our veins;

That nectar is itself divine.

The man who drinks not, yet attains

By godly grace to human rank

Would be an angel if he drank. 

Pierre Motin, French drinking song

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