Having written an entire essay, if not a thesis, on this vital and universal issue, I am always in search of other people showing appreciation for the element of time in making things fine. I even once took quite some time to learn two pages of prose by heart because they were a beautiful depiction of the necessity of time in creating fine cognacs. The difficulty with this is that most people don’t have time to sit back with a glass of long-matured cognac and listen to the recital of two pages of prose on the topic in hand.

So here is Harry Eyres showing that winemakers need not only to allow time, but to live attentively in it.  I therefore propose a new word, much more appealing than the pious sounding, wishy-washy-faddish ‘mindfulness’: winefulness.

Yes, may you live as attentively as the winemaker who pays attention to time, and so attain a regular state of winefulness!

‘The whole process of wine making means immersing yourself in time. The winemaker cannot control or stand outside time, or the weather; cannot speed them up or slow them down. He or she must live attentively, carefully, in the time that is given. The time of harvesting is the most crucial of all the decisions the winemaker must take; and it is a matter of waiting for ripeness, for the fullest concentration of flavor in the grape.’

See also the quote-mosaic review of Harry Eyres’ splendid book on the charm and continuing relevance of Horace.


Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013), p. 193


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