As crazy as it sounds, I really like to look at wine; in shops, cellar tanks, barrels, wine cellar racks, and especially proper glassware. When you think about connecting visually with wine after juice leaves grape, vessels are non negotiable. Unless, of course, spilling all over your rug or tablecloth produces perverse visual jollies. Wine just doesn’t easily hang out. It can’t lean up against a bar or sit on a stool ready to cheer up the person next to it. It requires something wood, steel, glass, cement, or clay…something to prevent it from just falling apart; whether the wine is being made, stored, or consumed.
This thing I have for ogling wine leads me to take pictures (lots of them) of wines in their vessels. Nothing too special, just iPhone photos. Captured correctly, wine in their vessels tell stories, stir imagination, and tease senses. Lonely vessels, or sometimes in concert with others, create scenes. They tell you what might be coming or shed light on what was. These vessels and their wines are partners in art, crime, revelry, and indulgence. I’ve got a cloud-full of these shots…and connected memories.
I spend a lot of time sharing information about how wine tastes, how to choose the best wines to drink, and everything about the culture of making, buying, and drinking great wines. While long ignored, now might be as good a time as any to share some of this wine and vessel eye candy. I’ll drag some out of the vaults every week, so feel free to steal one, or some, and use them as you wish! Sometimes fact, sometimes imagination, each photo is accompanied with words that come to mind….just from looking. What do you think, what do the photos say to you?
Clean and alive, Muscadet, lots of it, mirrors, plethora of styles, serial indulgence, paired to oysters and scallops on an early Spring, sunny afternoon
Wall of wine, snugly fit, forward and backward, locked in place in Chateau cellar, patient, lazy, busy
Pure genius in the glass or behind the glasses? Tempranillo for sure, white tempranillo too. Rock stars on the stage…or in the glass? Like Chateau owner-like wine; humbly posed, powerfully expressed
Friday lunch, dramatic, Radius, Boston, unexpected, Zind Humbrecht, Clos Windsbuhl, 2001, soothing, magical, ethereal, decadent, rich, camaraderie, unwind, memorable
Shiny, state of the art, ferment, over zealous, overhead, Virignia winery, scared, over invested, what a shame…..what could be, but very well may not be