Whole Heartedness in Wine

Wines are often deemed hearty when they are full-bodied, rich and dense. And when you look inside, some wines  reveal HEARTS as their micro signature. The first heart I uncovered in wine was hiding in a 2001 Quintessa, “Bordeaux Blend”  That’s the above Napa Valley beauty. The next one was another Bordeaux Blend, this time from Bordeaux, 2002 Chateau La Mondotte. ...
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Opening Up

Wine lovers talk about how a wine opens up once its let out of the bottle. When we pour wine into our glass and swirl, we’re helping the wine open up.  It softens and release its many volatile components into the air, and our nose.  A lot more happens, of course, as the wine in our glass opens up. We may open up too while the wine does. And for those of us who are patient and lucky enough...
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Ode to a ‘Scope

Honoring the man who informed much of my scientific life. Dear Dr. de Duve I show roses to remember you and to celebrate the divine designs of cells.  As a post-doc I worked on the microscopic part of the cells for which Dr. de Duve won a Nobel prize (the lysosomes)and later explored principles of design in  cells and the sacred, as did he in some of his later writings.  I saw again we were...
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Jewels of our Vines

It is almost 30 years ago that I started my journey into the inner beauty of wine. It began at Sterling Vineyards when they had an artist-in-residence program and I was fortunate to be selected with two years to prepare. I was guided by the winemaker Theo Rosenbrand who would ask questions – what would a wine look like that had been grown in the valley compared to on the side of Diamond...
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Shaping Wine…

If wine had an image to represent its character, style or personality – what kind of wine do you think would be represented by the above image? I often fantasize that if wine bottles had pictures of what’s inside the bottle, we the consumer might make different choices. Granted our experience of wine is subjective yet in my own experience  capturing wine’s expression under the...
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