As the last post of the month of August, let us reflect on the passing of time, especially this summer. Since so much time was dedicated to wine this season, the transition to the fall and the next month, September, inevitably involves wine. Sacred to Dionysus (Latin Bacchus), the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, ritual madness, fertility, theatre, and religious ecstasy, wine grapes are traditionally harvested in September. Since today is August 31, “National Eat Outside Day,” we celebrate the transition by eating great food and drinking superior wine in the open air … while reflecting a bit on the month of August and the passing of time … .
The Latin expression In vino veritas, litteraly translates as "in wine, truth" more precisely it suggests that in wine we find truth. Losely this suggests that a person under the influence of alcohol is more likely to speak their hidden thoughts and desires. The phrase is sometimes continued as, "In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas", that is "In wine there is truth, in water there is health." Similar phrases exist across cultures and languages.
By now, a few weeks into our project, we at WINEGRUNT.COM feel the need to answer the question “Why Wednesday?” as the day of choice to blog. To begin, we openly admit our soft spot for alliteration. These will shamelessly appear in subsequent posts, too. Also, as the mid-week ‘hump day,’ the day of maximum hope that you may actually make it through the week, wine seems like an appropriate accompaniment.
A few weeks ago we started a Tiday Bay challenge where we blind taste-test various of these lovely Nova Scotia wines, and seek food pairing for them. A few weeks ago we tasted a lovely Avondale Sky Tidal Bay, unfortunately, it did not pair with the meal I had prepared.
I did, however, find a perfect pair for this wine: Salmon on a bed of horseradish risotto with asparagus prepared by Five Fishermen Grill in Halifax. Cheers!
After many, long, consecutive days of winegrunting (Yes, we have now made this a verb), last night we got to kick back a little with local friends in the insanely beautiful Gaspereau Valley for TNT, Tuesday Night Tastings, at the gorgeously pastoral location of the soon-to-open (-and-we-can’t-wait-for-it!) Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Grand Pré.