The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires that would, of course,...
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Wine Characters

Seeing all the bottles of wine on a shelf in a store, you are stymied – which should you buy. A daunting task.  If only you knew which one you would like – some sort of message that jumped out at you assuring “YOU’LL LIKE ME.” I liked this wine. With its flowing full-bodied softness, it filled me with its spirit and sensual nature. When the winemaker Theo...
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Why the Grape?

What is so unique about the grape that it is the only fruit used to craft vintage wines called ‘bottled poetry?’ One of the answers relates to its chemistry, another to its elemental nature and spiritual purpose. The Grape’s Molecular Legacies First a grape’s uniqueness depends on its tangible chemical properties. Only the grape contains tartaric acid. Unlike all other fruit, grapes...
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