This is the fourth part in our mini-series ‘What is Tranquilo?’ where we try to explain what Traveling Tranquilo means to us, beyond its literal translation and definition. Head over to our website to check out the previous posts, and see if any of those describe your Tranquilo.
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing,” from Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemmingway.
Safe to say, Mr. Hemmingway liked his wine. But who doesn’t? Wine has been a part of our social fabric for thousands of years, and we are glad it is. We love wine. Our love of wine goes beyond the slow shedding of inhibition after your second glass, and focuses more on the celebration and merriment that it has come to represent. Celebrating an anniversary at our favorite restaurant, family meals over the holidays, celebrating a friend’s engagement, dinner get togethers with close friends, happy hours with co-workers after finishing a project, or even just on a Friday night to wind down after a busy week (while ugly crying watching re-runs of This is Us): wine is woven into these moments. It becomes part of the experience, an indulgence to add to the moment, a signal to kick back, relax, and be thankful.
When traveling and wine can be enjoyed together, it magnifies these feelings. As your bottle of wine is being opened in front of the Pantheon in Rome, all the feelings of joy, specialness, and merriment that accompany wine back home come flowing out of the bottle and into your glass. Then you revel in those feelings with each sip, which are then magnified by your new surroundings, as you realize you are sitting in front of a 2000 year old relic built by hand during Roman time period.
Wine is a catalyst that causes us to take pause, to breath in the moment, to notice our surroundings. And in this pause, we reflect. Whether it is on an awe inspiring Roman artifact, overlooking the beauty of Florence, in the midst of the vineyards of Chile, or closer to home in California wine country, we come to appreciate the moment and develop a sense of gratitude. To appreciate that we have the ability to travel, gratitude for being able to live this current moment. And to top it all off, we get enjoy the moment with a glass of wine. And enjoying your wine doesn't always have to be so thoughtful and meaningful, hell somethings are just better with a glass of wine. Cheers!
How we feel after visiting Estampa, Montes, and Laura Hartwig Vineyars all in one day.
Wine in front of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy
Wine in Capitola, California
Wine in Michelangelo Plaza in Florence, Italy
Wine in a small plaza in Bologna, Italy
Wine from the Estampa Vineyard in Chile
WINE WINE WINE!
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