“ Walk through the vineyard “
I belong to many wine groups and lately have been in some live sessions with vintners.
A line that really stood out for me was when one in particular described the vineyard as
“ a journey” .
“ To build a vineyard is not like any business,” he said, “it is something that one builds for generations.”
His family’s story was so interesting and all five members of the family had something unique to bring to the table and they were a powerful strong family team. Their wines were unique and had won many awards.
Where did your journey into the vineyard begin?
I think mine may go back to my childhood . We would go out of state about twice a year to my mother’s relatives’ store to buy wine for a major holiday .
She came from a longstanding wine family that is based in Santa Barbara , California but had major distribution on the east coast.
Back then Wine was not as fully developed into a cultural experience as it is today.
Later on I discovered Italy, Napa and Sonoma in Northern California , and that really developed my awareness of the viticulture. Napa felt like Italy in the USA.
Then came a very significant Mediterranean country that is where much of my roots are embedded. Israel.
There were some discoveries more locally in my region as well!
Since then I have learned and continue to explore the many different aspects of viticulture. And I am curious as to how it varies in different parts of the world.
There are some great films to see how complex it is to become a sommelier :
Sommelier, Uncorked, Vintage, just to name a few films where one can see just what it takes to become an expert on wine. These films also give you an understanding as to how much goes into the wine industry.
There are larger wineries, there are boutique wineries, and small estate wineries. There are different types of climates and soil thus creating different acidity, varietals, and yields.
I remember my father telling me that his grandfather lived well close to 90 which was no easy feat in the 1920’s and that he drank a small “ glazele” ( glass) of wine every evening !
About 1.5 years ago I ran into a sweet lady whom I had known for a very long time. She and her husband were very close with my parents. We had both lost our fathers, and somehow this story came out.
She decided to tell me about the first time they got together and that my father kept asking her about her roots, she did not know why he persisted so much, but finally she told him about where her parents and grandparents came from.. It turned out that my father knew her mother and her mother’s parents quite well as they owned a winery in a Slovakian winery region outside of Bratislava in Tjorn outside the lower Carpathian mountains.
At that time my father, who was studying in Bratislava then known as Pressburg, was trying to make some spending money and worked for them.
And he became very friendly with them and joined them for meals and yes they adored my very renaissance , scholarly, and witty dad.
I never knew this, I called up my sister right away and she said yes it’s true!
So perhaps wine culture goes back so much further
It is a culture of food and bounty, and wonderful gatherings.
It is biblical, ancient and modern.
There is the biblical quote:
“ Call each other under vine and under fig “
The vineyard is a symbol of hope
And a symbol of the past and a vision of the future.
So when we walk through a vineyard we experience all of these things.
Let’s explore some more….
And start with some bubbly !
Shana Tova to all
My father zl studied in the Pressburg Yeshiva of the famous Chatham ‘Sofer then In Israel at Heichal Shlomo in Tel Aviv
My mother zl studied in The Jerusalem teachers seminary, Hebrew university and Lehigh University
She was robbed of so much in the last five years of her life, yet she enjoyed a nice glass of wine.
her original choice was King David wine!
The above is an excerpt from my cooking site.