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What does wine mean to YOU?

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 have seen a lot of new readers over the past few days, so if your new to GrapeThinking… Welcome!

It was exciting to see the post about us today on the Fermentation Wine Blog by Tom Wark. He had some very kind things to say, and you might have even found your way here from his blog. I was leaving him a comment about the post, when suddenly I realized I was writing my next post for GrapeThinking

We are extremely passionate about wine, not only for its history of bringing people together, but for what we feel the future of wine will bring. We are even more passionate about helping facilitate the coming changes within the wine industry.

To the new wine consumers (and experienced alike), wine represents a level of class, sophistication, and worldliness that we believe will facilitate the change for a more caring, passionate generation. I see my peers at celebrations opting for vino over vodka, saying at the end of the night they’ve “got class”.

To every person in the world, wine carries a different, personal . To me, it represents the future of life, it represents the coming together of people to share their wonderful experiences, it represents health and prosperity, it represents a global language, in every bottle is the story of a winemaker and his family, the appellation and its history.

What does wine mean to you?

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Medicine, Jimmy Carter, Rockstar wine makers and Arizona wine… all in a day’s post

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Caduceus The international symbol for medicine, otherwise known as Caduceus is a sword with a snake wound round it. You may not know this but the sword is in fact a lance and the snake is a worm. In more rural settings, the method of getting rid of parasites is to lance the skin, and the parasite winds out around the lance. If you look at the symbol again, you will see that the sword is actually longer than the “snake” indicating the triumph of medical science over cruel nature. Now you may find this slightly irrelevant, but just look at the NY Times video feeds of the day and you can see a man that I greatly respect, Jimmy Carter, 82 years old, who after his presidency decided to tackle disease in Africa.

Watch this NY Times Video-Blog on Carter in Ethiopia.

Amazingly enough, the ancient symbol of medicine is based on a disease that still exists today, draculanisis or more commonly known as ‘Guinea Worm.’ This disease is found in ancient scriptures, is depicted in hieroglyphics and is thought to have plagued the Israelites in their journey across the desert. Since President Carter put eradicating it on his agenda, the instances of the disease have gone from being in the hundreds of thousands down to just over ten thousand. To read more about Guinea Worm, go here.

Carter speaks about how when he grew up in Georgia as a child, many of the diseases that he is tackling in Africa right now, were prevalent in the United States. But with the right focus, these diseases can be completely eradicated. Carter was the first President to put Human Rights issues on the agenda, and he points out that human rights means that we have a right to a decent life and to be free from disease; and so he has committed himself to fighting a war against disease. In an age when certain ex-presidents like George Bush Sr. and little GB Jr. request 100 Billion Dollars of taxpayers money to perpetuate misery in Iraq and diversify into Iran; for less than a hundredth of the cost, instead of destroying lives by fighting wars on our own kind, millions of lives could be saved by fighting a war against disease to save our own kind. And in this way, the US can foster an ethic of care, as opposed to an ethic of tyranny.

So quite recently, some friends and I have been looking at the world wine industry, and part of it has been to try getting a feel for the wine industry on a global scale. We have tried to do this in part by looking at all the wineries around the world. In our research we have learned that there are over 60 wine producing countries in the world. This was not that surprising to me, considering wine’s formidable background and importance in human civilization. What was, however, surprising was the number of wineries in the USA. Would you have guessed that of all the 50 States, every single one of them has wine producing vineyard? I find that just incredible, because not every state has a major-league baseball team. But if you were to look at the wine industry in the United States, at first glance you wouldn’t perhaps guess that wine-making was more widespread than major-league baseball teams, country musicians, Republicans, Democrats, Breweries or the amount of states Southern is in… out of all of these, no matter on what scale, wine is more widespread.

I’ve had wine from Maryland and have shared some wine from Georgia over dinner, but there are some States that it just seems improbable for wine to be growing in. Arizona for example… who would have thought that wine grows in Arizona besides the people who grow it there and the people living around the vineyard?

But what’s more surprising than the fact that wine grows in Arizona, is the man behind the vineyard: Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of the progressive rock band so worshiped by Australian and New Zealand fans: Tool. And where this ties in today’s post is that the singer’s wine is called Caduceus… website, sharing the name with the symbol for medicine.

caduceus.jpgOn the most recent blog post you find a post by the rockstar where he writes about arriving in Sydney on his way to the Big Day Out, which is Australia’s biggest festival, and attracts acts as big as Ozzy, Roger Waters, Muse, Incubus and of course, Tool. Keenan writes about coming off the plane, bumping into some people from the Roger Waters tour, and going out to dinner that evening at a Sydney restaurant and drinking Penfolds Reserve Bin 98A Chardonnay and eating sea-scallops with them.

Keenan’s wine is available to buy online right now, and I plan to order some myself and write a post on it. This whole business of direct shipping is just great in this regard: with all caduceus2.bmp50 States producing wines, and over 60 countries doing the same, the forecast for the diversity of my wine education seems promising!

If you want to order their wine, go to

However, I wont be able to get the wine just for the moment, because I can only order it if I live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. So, being a New York resident currently in London leaves me a bit off the list, which is a pity. But if you do live in these states its best you hurry, because the wine is running out fast. Does anyone know how I can get around the shipping laws so I can get a bottle?

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