A few months ago I met with winemaker Pete Hoffmann who explored with me the potential that the energy of mental focus directed by crystals can change our pleasure of wine. I was an open skeptic willing to be open to the experience.

We sat in Graton’s Wildwood Cafe with 4 glasses of wine in front of us…. I won’t bore you with the details.

The wine we used was a Napa Valley cab. It wasn’t very exciting or complex to begin with, sort of harsh on the tongue.

The RESULTS surprised me.


The energetically treated wines totally changed their basic expression
One became much more metallic, another fruitier, and the third softer and more balanced.

And you know me, I had to take a look, compelled as I have been for decades looking for clues inside wine that tell their unique story.

This convinces me that my wine portraits capture the ENERGETIC EXPRESSION of a wine.

A few months ago at a book signing I had people send LOVE to a bottle of wine.  We tasted the ‘unloved’ bottle as well as the one we sent positive energy to – guess which one tasted softer?  I couldn’t SEE any micrographic changes but we did all agree on our sensory experience.  This also gives me a good idea why we pray with wine or bless it.  Please G-d, make this wine good.

What would your favorite wine reveal?


  1. An article out, actually series that indicate from Clark Smith that music changes our experience of wine. What do you think? http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=columns_article&content=84633&columns_id=92

  2. I wonder if this crystal or thought effect works only with mediocre wines. Or is it possible that all of our wishful thinking improved the wine that we didn’t like in the first place? A few months ago at a book signing I had the people ‘send’ good thoughts into a bottle of wine. We also had bottles – before and after. The wine sent positive energy tasted much softer. Guess there is a reason people offer prayers over the wine.

  3. Mark Krigbaum

    I had a very interesting experience with this also. We had access to those same crystals and tried it with some not so great red wine that I was using for cooking. Three of us tasted both the “untreated” wine and the wine that we’d used the crystals with. There was a HUGE difference! The wine that got the crystal treatment was open and smooth, very soft and buttery. The untreated wine (which we tasted in a separate glass) was rough and had harsh flavors. There were three of us doing this. One was an absolute skeptic that something like this could happen … but she was really surprised by the difference in taste! She couldn’t believe it was the same wine!

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