How about those Greeks and Romans?

Sheldrake Point is in the town of Ovid, named for the Roman poet who wrote so much about life and love. Other nearby Fingers Lakes towns are also named for notable ancients, both real and imagined – towns like Homer, Ulysses and Romulus.

While winemaking was a developed art in the days of the classical Greeks and the Romans, their style was millennia removed from ours. Instead of bottles and corks (or screwcaps), they conserved wine in jugs called amphorae and consequently drank them very young.

To improve shelf life, the Greeks added resin and the Romans added honey and raisins. Most wines must have oxidized pretty quickly . . . and yet the sages waxed eloquently over the wines of the day (or maybe even the past few months) andStatuia_lui_Ovidiu they have left us with some timeless wine wisdom.  Imagine what they might say about today’s best offerings.

 

Plant no tree sooner than the vine.

Alcaeus, Greek poet, (c.620-c.580 BC)

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   Where there is no wine there is no love.

    Euripides Greek playwright, (c. 480-406 BC)

 

 

 

Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow.

Euripides Greek playwright, (c. 480-406 BC)

 

It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.

Heraclitus, Greek philosopher, (540-480 BC)

 

No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.

Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth Century BC)

 

Bacchus opens the gate of the heart.

Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth Century BC)

 

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.

Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth Century BC)

 

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.

Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth Century BC)

 

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God.

Plato, Greek philosopher, (c. 427-347 BC)

With experience developed in wineries throughout the Finger Lakes, Dave can always be found in our winery or lab, gently and patiently tending to the fermentation and aging of our wines while caring for our tanks, barrels and equipment. Armed with two degrees in chemistry and two in philosophy, Dave not only brings us expertise in the wine lab and on the crush pad, he also can be heard waxing poetic virtues of everything from Plato’s cave to contemporary third-party politics.