November 17, 2015

The connection between wine and inspiration

by Latife Hayson

Supposedly, Ernest Hemingway advised, “Write drunk; edit sober.” It’s unclear whether Papa actually said those words, although it wouldn’t be too surprising. From F. Scott Fitzgerald and Emeril Lagasse to Robert Louis Stevenson and Plautus, artists have long claimed wine as a muse for their creativity. But is there really a connection between wine and inspiration?

This question is of interest to me since I live in Napa Valley – one of the great wine capitals of the world. I thought I would see what others have to say about wine. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” -Plautus

“I’ve always wanted to improve on the idea of living well. In moderation, wine is good for you – mentally, physically, and spiritually.” -Robert Mondavi

“Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself.” -Basil Bunting

“What’s important in a cellar is having wines that have a broad range of drinkability, which California Cabernet does. Wines with a broad range of drinkability give you a lot of flexibility; they are the sort of wines that make me feel secure. I think of my wine cellar as security – if the apocalypse comes, I can just go down to the cellar.” -Robert M. Parker, Jr.

“Look, I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. I don’t starve myself in an extremist way. You’re not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I’d be devastated.” -Jennifer Aniston

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” -W. C. Fields

Seems to me like there is, in fact, a connection between wine and inspiration. Perhaps this blog has inspired you to pour a glass of good Napa Valley wine, write, cook a fine meal, or even move to here. If you’re considering the latter, please contact me at 707-738-4820 or email [email protected]. As a top producing Realtor® in this area, I have access to some extraordinary wineries, vineyards, estates and homes that are not on the open market. I’m looking forward to sharing a great bottle of wine with friends tonight and coming up creative ideas for sharing the path to world peace.

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