People at tastings always ask me why I chose ‘The Dancing Vine’. My answer’s always different, because in truth, I can’t remember. But I do know that the name means a lot to me. I’m proud of it, because it says what I want to say about wine. For me, wine is like dancing - from dodgy, out of time, inappropriate and overconfident, to exquisite, expertly crafted showcases of beauty and finesse, wine is fun, free, expressive, emotional; it’s personal... and I love it.
Wine is science, nature, geography, history. It has fuelled philosophical debate for hundreds of years; been a religious sacrament; boosted economies; influenced politics. It has jubilated the masses, and depressed the masses. It’s indulgence; it’s business. It’s the backdrop to parties and celebrations; and to solitude and introspection. For me, the range of flavours that can be created from the unique combination of grape and ground is nothing short of magic. Furthermore, the range and quality of the wines we modern consumers have to choose from is testament to the human expertise which have been developed over hundreds of years of winemaking. Think I’m gushing? Well, Hemmingway agrees:
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
- Ernest Hemmingway
And OK, yes, I am gushing, because wine has been really important to me. It’s opened doors to new tastes, experiences, places, people, and thoughts (I do all my best thinking after a glass or two!). Someone told me recently that the key to being happy is recognising all the things you love, having them, and appreciating them. For sure, that’s easier said than done. But for me, wine’s a part of that. It’s a part of me. It’s a passion. And so my Dancing Vine message this Christmas is this... flavour makes life, so whatever your wine is, drink it.
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
- Charles Baudelaire