Poetry in Motion-Part 2

In an earlier post, I talked about how a poetry contest for Gundlach Bundschu served as the impetus for me to start writing again.  I’d like to say that I continued to write on a regular basis and now have volumes of poetry, documenting my years of wonder with my little ones, but that’s not the case.  Instead, I continued in a sleep-deprived fog for the better part of a year- barely getting through each day and taking my frustration out on my poor, patient husband rather than on paper.

Now, every year, the fine folks at GB take some of their lucky members on a “revel.”  They take a city by storm and explore, eat, drink, and generally make merry.  This year, they were going to be in Austin.  Yee haw!!!!  Even though we weren’t members at the time, we were invited to attend.  While corresponding about the luncheon, the super wonderful marketing director dropped the-“we look forward to your entry this year” bomb.  Yikes!  What would I write about this time?  I had already written my emotional response to GB wines…now what?  Maybe I couldn’t write anything worth reading again, but, I had to at least send in something.  So, I got to work.

I began by reading the history of the family and the winery.  It is an amazing story, inspiring, for sure, but I was still not sure of the angle.  Then I read about the vine cycle and couldn’t help but make the connection between the phases of growth and hardships, changes, and legacies at Rhinefarm (the Gundlach Bundschu estate).  That would be my approach.  With only 153 words to work with, I wasn’t able to talk about every generation or every event in the vine cycle, but in the end, it told the story I was hoping it would.  Apparently, they liked it too….(to be continued)


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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

4 thoughts on “Poetry in Motion-Part 2

  1. Hey darlin’! The site looks great. It’s funny, but i’ve been totally off of wine since I moved to Larchmont. I’ve gone all micro-brews and cocktails. Thinking your site might revive my interest.

    Gorgeous headshot.


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