Wine, like art, tells a story. A large portion of the story is left open to you the beholder to interpret. The interpretation is abstract, not to be taken too literally. Wine for me is a full sensory experience. Not only do I want to smell and taste it, I also see and feel it. What I see when I close my eyes and taste wine is colors and shapes that look like little abstract paintings. As a canvas in a bottle, the wine is telling a story that we each see differently.
In art, as in wine, the mind can become quickly bored with its own contemplation if you give all the information. I feel there should be a little mystery that allows my mind to play. This allows the viewer of art to be imaginative and enter with their own thoughts, which may also be the case with wine. Visually, the wine brings the story to life on canvas.
Have you ever thought about what your favorite wine would look like as a painting or what song it would be? I would dare say, when drinking a really fine wine, I can hear music in my head and if I close my eyes a painting appears.
It is in this spirit that I am On the Michigan Wine Trail – discovering the art of wine. And let’s be honest, you get to sample a lot of wine on the trail and take in all the beautiful scenery which doesn’t make an artist too unfortunate to be up here, in fact, I consider myself blessed…
I’ve traveled around the world and Northern Michigan, in particular the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas remain among the most beautiful and really speak to my soul. The people up here all share a common belief that reminds me of the lifestyle in Europe… slow down, enjoy, work to live not the other way around. Meeting the owners, growers, wine makers and the people that make this business work have been a highlight of my time up here.
Stay tuned and you will get to know them too… On the Michigan Wine Trail.