What is the sense of place wine captures and creates? What role does wine play in inspiring the stories that define who we are? Prose & Wine is a reflective collection of stories, essays, and interviews chronicling my experience in seeking answers to those two perennial questions. It includes both work in progress and published writing from The Vintner Project and The Heart of Hillsborough magazine.
“The red wine with its grapes cultivated from the earth in the village in which Barbara and Maximilian lived - and now rested - was light, fruity, and a welcomed respite. Although the vines were different than those that grew during their lifetimes, the roots touched and drew from Osthofen’s unchanged geology; expressing the same terroir into the modern glass of which we drank. Indeed, the simple table wine was the more meaningful point of connection, well beyond that of two graves – even if we had found them during our time in the cemetery.”
As former wine columnist for The Heart of Hillsborough magazine, I explored the experience of wine through tasting, storytelling and interviews that complimented life in the historic town of Hillsborough, NC. After moving to Chapel Hill, I started Prose & Wine to focus further on wine’s sense of place and its role in inspiring the stories that define us. I also write for The Vintner Project, an international collaborative effort to explore the vast and diverse world of wine in an approachable way, focusing on the stories of wineries and the people behind them.