We are around two weeks away until harvest in Marlborough, emotions are running high and there’s a fine line between success and failure. So Let me explain. Most people don’t realize that growing grapes for wine, is a tough endeavour. There is extreme attention to detail that goes into growing these little berries for nearly a year. It’s waking up at dawn, battling extreme temperatures, working all day til sun set, all so the winemaker can have ridiculous quality of grapes to make insanely delicious wines.
Unfortunately harvest happens to be all dependent on a window of a few weeks in Marlborough when the weather is super temperamental and extreme fluctuations could have disastrous affects. So yeah……everyone is on edge.
Which brings me to my #2 offering of Bacchus Artwork during the eco.love Wines Harvest 2010. This portrait by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) has humor to it as well as seriousness. The pink faced Bacchus is half drunk with his eyes slanted, not really a convincing Greaeco-Roman God. The notable scholarly focus is of the uneatable fruit in the basket in front of him. Its suppose to represent the quality and state of the world, which I guess at the time , wasn’t that great?
Spoiled good fruit is on my mind, so this artwork has some relevance. The general formula is good grapes= good wines and if we can achieve this, then we can all enjoy ourselves and be pink faced like this Bacchus — minus the nasty rotten looking fruit.