veraison

it’s August
veraison starts in the vines
stay awhile

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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.

 

 

It’s Thursday

Yesterday Mrs. Abstract and I  went wine tasting at J Winery in Healdsburg and Mayo Family Winery in Glenn  Ellen. 

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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.Image 

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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

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/

 

VERTICAL TASTING

 

                                                          graVity bringing all down to the level

                drink the confusion, samplE that other

                                                 new meRging

                                                     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

                                                 unimagInable

                                   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