Wine is Bottled Poetry: an illustrated, imagine-your-own story by Carole W

WINE IS BOTTLED POETRY

by Carole W

So said Robert Louis Stevenson, many years ago. I took his words to heart. I took them to the wine store, too, buying bottles more by the labels – for the scenes and chapters in my Catherine and Vincent imaginings they conjured – than by any anticipated taste. These labels tell me a story of wine and roses, of love triumphant ... and rather breathless.

I hope you'll hear one, too.

 

A Sauvignon Blanc: Once Upon a Vine, Two Cabernet Sauvignon: Legend of the Vine,, Thorny Rose

Three cups open the grand door to bliss;
Take a jugful, the universe is yours.
Such is the rapture of the wine

Li Bai, Wine: A Vindication


Three Cabernet Sauvignon: Dreaming Tree, True Myth, Phantom

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

William Butler Yeats, A Drinking Song

 

Three Cabernet Sauvignon: Carnivor, Uncaged, Ravage

Wine stirs the spring,
joy grows like a plant,
walls, large rocks fall,
abysses close up, song is born.
Oh thou, jug of wine, in the desert
with the woman I love ...

Pablo Neruda, Ode to Wine

 

A Sauvignon Blanc: Angeline; Two Cabernet Sauvignon: Belle Ambiance, Motto - Backbone

All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded
and given place to our radiant moments together.
Now I cannot live apart from you ...
Your words are my food, your breath my wine.
You are everything to me.

Sarah Bernhardt, letters to Victorien Sardou

 

Two Cabernet Sauvignon: Slow Press, Milestone

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.

Plautus, Asinaria 835

 

Two Cabernet Sauvignon: Gnarly Head, Bliss

I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci, Act 1 Scene iii

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