She arrives riding a bicycle,
Sits opposite me on the table.
We are members of a panel blind tasting wines.
Her possession of a sensitive palate and sharp intuition
promise her a thousand things.
She names the vintage,origin and varietals correctly .
Nothing seems to interfere with her thinking.
She stammers when excited and loves mouth watering green mangoes.
She writes with her left hand and uses the fork
with her right.She has a crystal-breaking like laugh
She appears on the appointed time and place for the wine tasting.
She is here. She is there.
Elegant in her simplicity and intellectually curious.
She disappears for a year to bicycle in Europe.
Mrs. Abstract and I just returned home for a 3-day restful sojourn in the north of us. We stayed at the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California. Mrs. Abstract was in the ER Monday night. It turned out to be only a mild health problem.
We left in the rain and returned home in the rain. The drive was along the coast and beautiful. The ocean was not covered by clouds and the rain was intermittent.
We didn’t go anyplace else.Just the 2 of us.It rained and hailed while we were up there.
Mrs. Abstract is a mermaid. She swam in the sea water pool.We read, ate, and rest. Just the two of us.
The Inn offers massage, meditation seminars, cooking and art classes.
The restaurant, Ravens, in the Inn is a plant-based restaurant. Every day we ate vegetarian food with no dairy, eggs or seafoods and of course no meat.
We did wine tasting in one winery on the way up. We passed by 3 wineries for wine tasting on the way back.
The short trip was to celebrate my birthday.
They gather, the black birds,
choir singing, like happy children playing.
The birds perch and fly away
then return on the tree
under a cloudy sky
I’m with friends drinking and wine
tasting chardonnay and pinot noir.
It’s Friday afternoon.
veraison starts in the vines
note: Mrs. Abstract and I and five new friends whom we met at the River Cruise last June enjoyed wine tasting today at the Sullivan Vineyards & Winery in St. Helena, CA. Sullivan Vineyards & Winery is known for the “big reds”: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and Bordeaux blend.It offers also Sauvignon blanc & chardonnay.
note: Mrs. Abstract and I and a couple of friends drove along Sonoma coast and ended up in Annapolis, north of Fort Ross. They tasted wines in Annapolis Winery while I walked around outside.Later we visited Fort Ross Winery with more wine tasting.
I was the designated driver. The coastal road is winding road.
Yesterday Mrs. Abstract and I went wine tasting at J Winery in Healdsburg and Mayo Family Winery in Glenn Ellen.
On the way back home we had lobster dinner at Meritage Martini and Oyster Bar in Sonoma.
I was admiring the tagine on several shelves in bram, a store at the Sonoma Square, downtown Sonoma, with claypot cookwares imported from Morocco, Egypt, Italy,and other places around the world.
Today at our local there is an article about tagine and Moroccan wine pairings:
NEW WINES FROM THE OLD WORLD
Moroccan wines take the spotlight at Napa Valley events
graVity bringing all down to the level
drink the confusion, samplE that other
to be Transcended
because life Is short
the manners of the unreaChable
casting off the mAsk of identity
Like all apprehended things
selecTive in one’s process
of nArrowing down
a valley of hundredS of miles
the founTains of one’s life
commemoratioN even in the unconscious dreams
an endless Game.
This form of poetry is called mesostomatic.
the text is taken from the first poem,The New Spirit, (pages 4-12) in the book THREE POEMS by John Ashbery