• lynne coyle

Wine Mindfully - part one

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

If you have extra time on your hands in our new surreal reality, its time that can be gainfully used in reflection, reading, learning something new, practising mindfulness or using this extra time to thoroughly explore something you already enjoy.

Most people would consider wine a beverage to enjoy with friends, to celebrate with, to gift, as an aperitif or as a pleasant accompaniment to a meal.

But, in these circumstances the idea of being fully mindful; truly engaged, being absolutely aware or being completely focused enough to really consider every aspect of that glass of wine would be a challenge for most of us.

As the world around us is slowing down for the next few weeks and we are forced to slow ourselves and our lives down, it’s a good opportunity to take time to really consider the wine you have in front of you, to really try to understand it and to contemplate this fascinating agricultural product and what has gone into getting it into your glass.

Wine mindfulness, like all mindfulness is about being more tuned in and to really consider what you are about to drink. For example, to fully wonder about where the wine is from, when the grapes were harvested, taking the time to consider its aromas and flavours and within this process enhancing your overall understanding, experience and appreciation.

For part one of Wine Mindfully pick any bottle of wine, the only criteria being that you like the label. Don’t open it yet, sit the bottle in front of you and consider how many senses you will use when you eventually open the bottle, pour it, smell it and taste it. How you can enhance these senses if you take more time to fully consider every aspect of the wine or at least more aspects than you usually would.

You have selected the label because you like the look of it; what do you like? The colour, the design, the lettering? is it tactile with embossing? is the paper texture notable? or do you recognise the grape variety, the wine region or the country that it was grown?

Why not go online and read a bit about the grape variety, what should it taste like? where does it grow around the world? where is its indigenous home? Research that wine region or country, what other wines does it make? have you been there? do you have good memories from there? or do you enjoy the food from that place? do you have friends there?

Maybe explore how vines grow, their annual life cycle, how wine is made or as farmers, what are some the issues grape growers face, such as climate challenges.

So far you have only looked at the bottle and researched it now consider what you have discovered.

move onto Part Two........................

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