Sunday, July 12, 2009

Entry #82

It's Okay To Drink Wine 'Cause It Don't Have Any Feelings
by Dan Powell


The wine sat untouched, wondering why nobody was drinking her yet. It’s true she was in an old glass, 18th Century or so judging by the air-twist drawn in her stem, but that should have only added to her allure. Her vintage had a proven track record of holding well over time, she had been subject to rigorous production methods at every stage from grape selection to barrel-aging, and expert consensus as to her quality was really without compare. She scanned the conversations smattering the air around her for some clue as to why she would be left here unconsumed.

‘Cost fifteen hundred dollars and won’t even mature until at least 2012,’ one voice said.

‘Yes, but think what it will be worth then,’ another added.

All eyes were on the new bottle, a Petrus Pomerel 1998, stowed in pride of place in the expansive cellar. She had heard her owner talk of this wine before. Its grapes were harvested early and left to mature, producing a rich purple taste suggestive of berries, vanilla, mocha and oak.

She couldn’t believe her owner would muddy the day of her uncorking by announcing her replacement. She pushed hard against the edge of her glass, sending it toppling into the bottle containing the rest of her. Both fell and shattered on the cellar floor. From her puddle she watched the grief of wasted dollars and lost taste sensation flood her owners face and was satisfied.

21 comments:

Laurel said...

Cool take.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Interesting POV. The escaping wine.

wrath999 said...

Finally we here from the wine itself. Very imaginative
alex

laughingwolf said...

most unusual take... love it :)

Catvibe said...

Interesting point of view!

Aniket said...

The legendary wine that broke free.

Great idea and very well executed too.

dan powell said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and the positive comments.

jentropy said...

Very refreshing. A treat to read :)

Chris Eldin said...

Original and refreshing!

Kimberly B. said...

Awww, poor wine! I liked your story; you've not only entertained me, but given me an explanation for all the times I've spilled my beverage on myself: "That wine was out to get me, I swear!"

Adisha said...

First person account of wine :) Noiceee !!!

Precie said...

I was destined to like this piece based just on reading the title! LOL! That poor wine.

Now I'm torn between never drinking wine again (to spare its feelings) OR drinking any wine, never letting a glass go to waste (again, to spare its feelings). Who should I send my therapy bill to?

BernardL said...

Very original POV.

Christina said...

Love the POV. Nicely done.

Mona said...

wow! So that is the picture from the other side !

pjd said...

LOL @Kimberly B and Precie!

Jealousy is one of the Truest things there is. Overcoming jealousy is truly noble. In the end, the wine showed that she was, in fact, merely an ordinary thing, lacking the nobility of her vintage and reputation. She was unable to overcome her jealousy, to go gracefully when her time came. Jealousy is True... jealousy of youth is, well... as I age, I understand it's simply a refined and perfected version of jealousy.

Meghan said...

Amazing. Love it.

Terri said...

I am really amused by this and trying to figure out why... I have a feeling it appeals to my slightly macabre sense of humour.
The thought of this really old, really expensive bottle of wine committing suicide to spite her owner... yep, that's it. Most amusing :-)

JaneyV said...

I love the original take here and this the posh wine has been personified as a high maintenance snob. Good job.

Jade L Blackwater said...

I enjoyed your story from the wine's POV - surely a fine wine would be self-aware, and self-absorbed! :)

jason evans said...

Wine jealousy. Very original. A lot of background wedged in there.

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