Each morning in Wine Country has a certain splendor to it, with steam drifting off the hills and morning dew glistening wherever you look. At times it looks as if the entire land is glowing with promise of abundance and beauty. It is only natural then that, those of us who inhabit our dear Wine Country, would be inspired to produce art. As poet Amy Lowell once said:
“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.”
Wine itself can be considered (and is considered by many) to be a form of art, though if we look beyond the vine for a few moments we will find ourselves in a land that is absolutely brimming with beauty created by (or brought to Wine Country by) our residents. In fact, art can b-
Don’t you think “residents” is too bland… We have all these terms to enhance the sound of wine growing regions, but we don’t have a better term for locals? No wonder we have a faux rivalry with Napa, if we view ourselves as Sonoma Countians (that’s a technical term and we are professionals) and everyone else as competitors… We need a new identity, something that unites us in our love for wine and the culture it creates. When it comes down to it, aren’t we all part of that very same Wine Country culture? Rivalry makes about as much sense, in this case, as the Greek city states fighting one another despite so many cultural similarities… From now on, let’s ignore the territorial borders drawn by the bureaucrats. Our borders are the vines, where they stop growing and we stop viticultural-izing (again, a very technical term) is where our borders are.
We’re also going to include the Redwoods, because they are pretty.
Let us instead call ourselves “Citizens of Wine Country.”
Therefore, Wine Country is brimming with beauty created and brought to the region by the Citizens of Wine Country (infinitely better!). These can be seen in many places, many forms, and at times can even be quite shocking! Elegant hillsides are accentuated by water features, intimate gardens, and every now and then a massive iron sculpture of a coyote or horse. If you dig a little deeper, you may even find a few hidden gems (Did you know there is a 1920 copy of Romeo & Juliet hiding away in the Hotel Les Mars lobby?)… So, when you visit, as you sip on your wine, don’t forget to savor the natural and not-so-natural beauty of Wine Country.