Wine & Civilization

Wine  civilizationWho would have ever thought there would be wine grapes grown, and wine made, in every state in the country today?  Having grown up in the midwest, it’s inconceivable to me that grapes are being grown in North Dakota, Montana, or Iowa.  But they are.  Did you know that prior to prohibition, Oregon farmers were growing grapes and making wine?  Missouri was the largest grape-growing state at the time, and New York was the largest producer of wine.  And at the same time Spanish priests were planting grapes in California, Thomas Jefferson was planting them in Virginia.

It is amazing that everywhere people live, and in fact, wherever civilization has existed, grapes have been grown and wine has been made. There is proof that wine was produced by ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece as early as 4000 BC.

So I suggest that growing grapes and making wine is not just a lifestyle, it is part of the human condition.  It is natural and even inherent to grow, produce, and consume a product that is founded on farming and fermentation.

So explore the contrasts of wine from different regions across our great country.  While we may have many different beliefs, priorities and climates; we seem to all enjoy the growing of grapes and the making of wine.   Maybe this is what is meant by “purple mountain majesties”!



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2 Responses to “Wine & Civilization”

  1. Hi! I realize this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does building a well-established blog like yours require a massive amount work?
    I am brand new to running a blog however I do write
    in my journal every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

    • nicolette says:

      No, it doesn’t take massive amounts of work if your passionate about it. It needs to be a little more organized then a journal and you need to be very aware of your tone and the consequences of what happens when taking a stand of a subject. As a blog writer you can run out of things that would inspire. Lists are key to not only keep you motivated and on time (I try to blog weekly) but to see if you have/haven’t blogged about it before, need to update a past blog, and the timing of the year it posted in relation to events happen. Your calendar should have the main topics that are happening within the next 30 days in the world that your blogging about.

      I try to write 5 blogs at a time and schedule them. If something comes up in those weeks that needs attention I can easily make the adjustment for it.

      After about a year of blogging you begin to hit a wall of things you already did and what else is there to say. I find new ideas in strange off the beat places. The last one was a book signing about wine. When you go to lectures there are always things that are interesting that are off topic. Any conference has a schedule of topics. Look at those and research them. Ask friends what they found odd, interesting, exciting, about things that your blogging about.

      In the end blogs should do one of three things; Entertain (personal story), Educate (why/reason/purpose) and Empower (Lesson, action, take away).

      Don’t stop. Just when you think no one is paying any attention someone will ask your an off-topic question that confirms there is life out there and they are reading.

      Let me know where I can find your blog!