Grab a bottle of wine, and a glass. Pop it open. Pour. Hold it
up to the light and see how the colour dances under it. See how
bright it is, how it seems to generate its own light. Swirl it, and
don't worry if you spill a bit. Have a sniff; get your nose in.
Take a sip. Savour it, let it fill your mouth...
Wine, claims Richard Bray, is a happy accident. Its journey from
vine to bottle is fraught, and involves lots of human, fallible
people. Men and women who've been picking grapes since six in the
morning, or working the press since six-thirty; people who get
hurt, who sweat, who bleed, who don't finish until late and need a
beer at the end of the day; winemakers who started off as blues
guitarists, and octogenarian Catalan farmers who hand-cut grapes
faster than their grandchildren.
Salt and Old Vines is the story of wine, a portrait of some of
its people, and a biography of the place it comes from. Inspired by
his own experience making wine at Coume del Mas and Mas Cristine in
the Rousillon, Richard Bray gives readers a real taste of the
winemaking process. Get your nose in there again. Has it changed at
all? What's different? Take a sip, a bigger one. Let it linger.
Finish the glass. The last sip is always the best...