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Relaunch of WineSpirit Seminars at Franciscan Winery a Great Success!


Pic 14Fifteen members and friends of WineSpirit gathered at Franciscan Estate in St Helena to celebrate the relaunch of this special community that connects wine and the spirit of life through conversation and unique presentations.  At this inaugural event, participants were treated to a wife and husband presentation of the Science and Art of Wine by winemaker Alison Crowe and photographer Chris Purdy.  Through their enlightened and lighthearted sharing back and forth, they brought to life how special wine throughout the ages is as a vehicle for cherishing the quality of life and the creative partnership of human and Di-vine, resulting in a taste treat evoking joy and awe for what nature can provide when people treat the process with love and respect.  We are delighted that an audio CD of this extraordinary experience is available so that attendees can revisit some of the nuggets that were shared and those unable to attend can hear the presentation.  

Our thanks to Chris and Alison for energizing the return of WineSpirit, with more to come shortly, with a return to Franciscan Estate on Sunday, April 19, at 2PM for a video visit with Robert Mondavi, filmed during his 90th year, rare footage in which he brings his own perspective on wine and the spirit of life, part of WineSpirit's Spiritual Harvest Series.  Once again, Franciscan will be pouring their wines and attendees will be able to purchase wine at a significant discount.


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The Raison/Raisin for Being?

vinyard dead treeI have now brought back over 50 tons of grapes to our winery this season.  I drive most of them myself over from the vineyards and I have time to listen to NPR’s local stations and reflect.  Over the course of this harvest I have been reminded once more of the extraordinary miracle of fermentation…the absolute and total transformation of sticky sweet squashed watery orbs to heady new wine.


As I drive over the mountain pass that separates Eastern from Western Washington I have come to wonder if the grapes I’m hauling have any clue what lies ahead for them.  If I were to tell them they will be tortured with a stemming and crushing and they will be made into wine, would any of them willingly come with me?  “Wine” is not a part of what they know and it may not even be a part of their vocabulary (if they have one).  The grape’s reason for being is to be a raisin!  “Wine… what’s that?” my grapes might say to me as I transport them far from their vineyard homes.


Yesterday, was the twelfth anniversary of my mother’s death from early-onset Alzheimer’s.  “Resurrection” of the body as some Creeds ask to believe, is something she would hardly want.  She was a walking pathology textbook for most of her life. 


I think, perhaps, a new wine awaits us that is beyond our mortal abilities to even conceive.  We are grapes without a conception of what wine is.  As I get older with each vintage I am going to try and not become an old raisin and remember that my raison for being lies somewhere in a new wine to come that I cannot begin to fathom.


By Don Corson, WineSpirit Member in Washington State

Founder of Camaraderie Winery


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