Is A Wine Poem?
Wine With Poetry
And The Public Domain
Wine Writers And Bloggers
Word on Words
What Is A Wine Poem?
Bottled Poetry: Verses from the Vine, edited
by Stephen H. Bass)
it started when one of our earliest of ancestors emerged from some
forgotten cave grunting praises for the juice of found grapes gone
bad. Ever since, we homo sapiens
have been praising, condemning, defending, and metaphorically using
and abusing wine in our poetry. The wine poem has been around
the inception of verse, leaving us with a collection of poetry that
represents a virtual history of the poetic arts: from
the lyrics of ancient Greece (that is, accompanied by the ancient
lyre) to the birth of free verse, the “prose poem” – and
more than a poetic celebration of wine, revelry, and romance, as one
might think when contemplating the concept “wine poem”. Amid
the celebration and revelry, you will
find poems that use wine as metaphors, fingers pointing to sometimes
poignant, sometimes frivolous moons. Partying and parting . .
times and bad times . . . love, war, non-violence, and murder . . .
friends, lovers, and children . . . the silly and the profound . . .
the sacred and the profane . . . all somehow linked to a goblet, a
bottle, a vineyard – to wine.
the mere mention of wine a wine poem make? For the purposes
not all "wine poems" serve-up wine as the main topic or the
major metaphor. Wine may serve is a single, yet vital,
within a larger picture poetically painted. Like on our
wine's role may be as an accompaniment to a larger feast that a poet
this is a broad definition of the term “wine poem”, but it is
one that makes vintagewinepoems.com more than a poetic
conversation about “wine,
revelry, and romance”, more than a compendium of drinking
songs. The wine poems presented here are as varied as to
type, style, depth,
and, yes, quality, as the wine selection in your favorite wine
shop. Practically every form and style of poetry is
from epigrams to epics – from appellations that collectively cover
will find within these webpages wine poems that rate among the finest
examples of the poetic art. These poems we haughtily classify
“Literature”: those “fine wines” one must sip and savor,
swashing the words around in one's mind (and mouth) a
bit, in order to enjoy the depth and subtle flavors that the poet
wishes to impart. These poems will give you pause, leave you
the suspicion that there is more here than a quick gulp
reveals. With fine poetry, like fine wine, the imbiber must
take his time. Patience is a virtue. Some poems
call for quiet meditation: open
them slowly and let them breathe.
wine poems are
simple, clever turns of phrase – set to rhythm and rhyme.
These, which are not “easy” to write, are like the quaffing wines of
Beaujolais: they tend to be light and a bit “fruity” (“flowery”
is another “tasting note” that comes to mind). Their aim is a
quick smile, a moment's repast in our day. This sometimes,
most times, is enough.
to provide the wine-drinking public, wine professionals, and
wine writers with a source for poetry that celebrates wine.
while I suspect that most who find their way to these pages are drawn
by the association of this website with their favorite beverage, this
writer's motivation can be found in a pairing of a love for wine
with a love for words – and poetry is that art form that celebrates
the rhythms, the meaning, and the power of words.
If vintagewinepoems.com has
achieved one of its nobler missions, as a
visitor here, you have a new or a renewed apprecation for poetry.
(See: A Word on Words
thoughts on this topic).
original idea for this site came as a result of my own wine poetry,
all of which can be found
While looking for a possible home for
these poems, I was amazed at the amount
of wine poetry that I found out there (see What
Is A Wine Poem?). I found many
websites/blogs which featured a selection of favorite wine poems as
their internet offerings. There were others "out there" who
shared my interest in both wine and poetry!
I did not find was a website or an anthology dedicated to the wine
poem. Thus we have vintagewinepoems.com, the
Poetry: Verses from the Vine, and our presence on the various social media platforms in which we participate (see upper-right corner of this page). Share these pages and these
with friends. Include a wine poem (or a copy of Bottled
Poetry: Verses from the Vine) with your
next gift of wine. Invite your friends to bring a wine poem
next wine-tasting party, along with their favorite wine. Or .
simply enjoy them in your own moments of solitude or in an intimate
moment with one who you hold dear - and a goblet of wine is always
Wine With Poetry
first encounter with wine poetry came as a manager of a wine shop.
I would use wine poems in training classes and wine
customers would find them in my store's newsletters, displays, bag
stuffers, and advertisements. I noticed an immediate appeal
professionals and soon-to-be professionals (students – the drinking
age was slowly morphing from 18 to 21 in those days), the coveted
“core wine drinkers” that account for the majority of the wine
consumed in any market.
promotional applications of the wine poetry of vintagewinepoems.com
are many. Include a link to a wine
poem page in your
emails. Embed a wine poem video in your website or blog.
Feature wine poetry in the design of your wine lists,
other promotional materials. People are drawn to read a poem
give them a reason to open your email, linger at your wine list, or
pause again and again as they wander (and wonder) through your establishment.
(See: Copyright and
the Public Domain)
Linking to an individual wine poem's page is a tremendous way to
promote wine with poetry (and vice-versa). On a regular (no more
than weekly) basis, the vintagewinepoems.com will
feature a wine poem from this site on the various social media with
which we participate (see upper right corner of this page).
At times, these choices
will relate to the season or events of the day (for example, Joseph
Mill's wine poem Nouveau
was featured at the time of the annual release of Beaujolais
Nouveau in mid-November). This is a great way for wine
professionals to discover a wine poem to feature in their promotional
materials and/or website. . . . simply push the "like" button.
anthology based upon the poetry to be found at vintagewinepoems.com,
Poetry: Verses from the Vine, will soon
be available for bulk
purchases through Spilt Wine Publishing Company at spitwinebooks.com.
This anthology is a perfect "add-on" at the register (in both
virtual and "real world" stores), and would make a successful component
"gift box" or "gift basket".
Poetry: Verses from the Vine is a great addition to
anyone's wine library – the perfect gift for the wine enthusiast.
you are in the wine biz and feature a page or poem from vintagewinepoems.com on your website, newsletter, place of
business, etc. - I will be glad to acknowledge with a link at the Resources, Partners,
page, as well as well as through our presense in the various social media outlets.
And The Public Domain
one criteria for a wine poem being archived at vintagewinepoems.com
is that it it is legally permissable to do so. This is not a "share
site" or any modern morphed variation thereof which seek to
skirt copyright laws by means of identifying themselves as a "public
share forum". Each and every wine poem at this site is either
in the public domain (the copyright has expired and not been
renewed), or appropriate permissions from the copyright holder has
been granted and duly noted. "Printable versions" of
copyrighted poems are unavailable. Some "share" features
of copyrighted poems may be unavailable at the request of the copyright
those poems that are in the public domain, anyone is free to use them
as they please. It is, however, proper and correct for one who uses
public domain material to note their source for same. I would
certainly appreciate an acknowledgement – a toast if you will –
to vintagewinepoems.com. See:
Partners, and Links for my "rasing of the goblet" to
those resources, partners, and websites who have been instrumental in
the success of this project.
The design, layout, and
commentary to be found at vintagewinepoems.com
are under the protection
of the copyright laws, as indicated at the bottom of each and every
webpage within this site.
Wine Writers And Bloggers
writers and bloggers will find within the pages of vintagewinepoems.com
a wealth of material to feature in their blogs,
articles, webcasts . . . whether you "copy and paste" (use the
"printable" version) or provide a direct link to a wine poem's
webpage – You're Welcome! . . . Thank you!
and the Public Domain within
this webpage, "Notes from the Webmaster", as well as
Partners, and Links, another
page within this site.)
Any wine writer or blogger who features vintagewinepoems.com or a page,
video, etc from this site will gladly be mentioned at this site at the Resources,
Partners, and Links
page. I will also show my gratitude with an acknowledgement through the platforms of
the various social media on which we have a presence (see link at top
of page). Of
would also welcome any reviews of Bottled
Poetry: Verses from the Vine!
more information or just to say "Hi!", email me at
Word on Words
is an amazing comment upon our times, that at the very moment when
our capabilities to communicate with one another are at their
highest, our abilities to do so are at their lowest. I fear
magic of words is being lost to an entire generation. We are
inundated by a modern hieroglyphics that substitutes emoticons,
abbreviations, and acronyms for real words and whole sentences. It
is no wonder that poetry, that art form where words really matter,
has a smaller readership than in any time in the history of the
an appreciation for poetry is not easy. As with wine, the poetic
palate matures over time. A preference for the simple,
flowery evolves into an appreciation for more complex and subtle
flavors – drier, if you will, something beyond the sweet and
sugary. If vintagewinepoems.com
accomplished one of its nobler missions, you, dear reader,
have a new or renewed appreciation for poetry.
mission accomplished, the easiest place for you to turn is the
internet. With a click of the mouse, not only will you be able to
find more poetry from the poets presented here, but also a vast
sampling that includes many of our finest poets of today (including
audio and video renditions - the former being a modern-day
enhancement that I hope to see available with all poetry books,
Poetry: Verses from the Vine, in the
near future). However, I highly recommend
a trip to the bookstore, either by a traditional or electronic
highways. Let the internet be your starting point, with the links
you will find throughout this site and at the Resources,
Partners, and Links page of vintagewinepoems.com.
in your home provide a service that no ISP can. Books offer
possibility for discovery and sharing that is only possible in the
three dimensional world of your home library. Even the
portability and storage capacity of the electronic book does not
replace the impact of rows of books lined up on a shelf. This
especially important if you have children. No greater gift
give them than accessibility to those thoughts, those stories . . .
those words that move you and your imagination.
Note: There are signs of
the resurgence of
poetry. The popularity of the “rap” music genre has made
young poets out of many a tween and teen. The emergence of
word” artists, most widely known through the cable network HBO and
its popular “Def Poetry” show, which enjoyed 6 seasons on the
network (2002 through 2007), is another modern interpretation of the
“poet and his lyre”.
Bottled Poetry: Verses from the Vine, edited
by Stephen H. Bass
Stephen H. Bass
The opinions, thoughts, and
observations expressed by the poets
featured at vintagewinepoems.com are those of the poets, and do
necessarily reflect the opinions, thoughts, or observations of
webmaster of vintagewinepoems.com, or any of the partners,
advertisers, affiliates, or associated entities (human or not) of
vintagewinepoems.com. They do at times,
however, express the
opinions, prejudices, and peccadiloes of a by-gone era – so give
them (and me) a break!
- S. H. Bass
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