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Sipping Earth

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When I was thirteen
We lived in Germany.
My brother, sister and I
Used to take the streetcar
To the end of the line
To walk in the
Heart of wine country.
That was also where I experienced
My first wine
From a little glass
Bearing a local vineyard's
Coat of arms.
(We were at a festival
Near Heidelberg.)
I could taste the
Ancient cultivated wildness
Of the grapes:
Earthy, sweet, tangy.
So much life in one sip!
There was a dance pavilion
With a raised platform
Under a tent in the center
With all the wine-tasting stalls
Set up around the big tent
Under bright awnings.
There was music,
Joy and laughter.
It made me yearn to grow up.
Now I sip a normal-sized glass
Of cheap red wine.
Barefoot or Shaws,
It matters little.
But I think back to that time
When that sip of Rein wine
Woke something up in me,
Namely the certainty that
I would enjoy growing up after-all.
It's not that any promise was broken.
I'm sure such wine still exists.
The problem was
I simply eventually forgot
The taste of Earth.

 

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I feel I know what you mean. The day after I graduated from high school in 1971 I was on a plane to meet up with my four-year older brother in Paris. (We were very lucky, our father worked for an airline and the airfare was really cheap. My brother and I after Paris, traveled east all the way around the world. The price of our round the world tickets? $199 each! Again that was in 1971 and we got a discount.) My brother had been teaching English in Bordeaux. I remember drinking a bottle of red wine in a park in Paris with my brother from a bottle, sans label. I don't know if it was a wine from Bordeaux or not, but it was a French wine and was very good. Years ago my brother gave me maybe six bottles of wine of which I still have three, a 1969, a 1976, and a 1981 -- all Bordeaux. They no doubt are no longer any good. But, I have had them laying on their sides in a cool basement ever since and am hoping that when I decide to open one, just maybe it will still be good. About five years ago I brought a bottle, one from 1982, over to a neighbor's back yard. We opened it and drank it. It was still good.

The second stop on our trip was Athens. At dinner in Athens one evening, I ordered a glass of Greek wine, retsina. It was horrible, it was undrinkable. I always wondered if the glass of retsina I was served was just from a bad bottle. But a couple from Greece that I know said that retsina is just a bad tasing wine.

I am in the Denver area. If you are somewhere nearby, I could bring a bottle of my old Bordeaux over and we could see if it it is still drinkable. We should of course, have a couple of other good bottles of wine as backups, just in case... :)

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Don't be surprised if I take you up on your offer!

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Maybe we could meet up unannounced at Nels' place in Maine. I don't think Nels would mind, would you Nels? Not very close to Denver but what the heck, time is 'sipping' away. :)

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We've got lots of room.

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Hi, Buddy, I had my first drink of retsina in Greece in1946. I loved it and

probably would today even though it tasted like turpentine (It is made from

the sap of pine trees on the Island of Salamis out of Piraeus harbor).

Of course I grew up in the Pine Tree State (where I be to this day) always

familiar with the smell of turpentine.

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Huh? I like turpentine, don't know why I didn't like the retsina. :)

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