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National Poetry Month: April 5, 2020 — Miracle in a Bottle

April 5, 2020

Why you like Malbec: it has some cajones! It’s not just a fruit bomb.

Hope for a miracle—that’s what you do every time you bottle wine.

So said Bruce Freeman, winemaker at Clos des Amis, on his birthday after we bottled up some birthday bubbles and enjoyed his chocolate birthday cake.

April is National Poetry Month so I’m going to post an American sentence or two every day along with some image — art or a photograph.  Allen Ginsberg came up with the concept — an American sentence is like a haiku in that it has 17 syllables but it’s not three lines in a stanza but one. As a haiku seeks to conveys an image that generates emotion and conveys a moment in time, the best Sentences do more than just offer a sentence in 17 syllables.

I learned about American Sentences from Paul E. Nelson who I met at the Taos Poetry Circus in 2000.

According to Paul, the key to writing a good American Sentence comes from Ginsberg’s notion that poets are people who notice what they notice.

He has been writing one a day since January 1, 2001. Learn more about American Sentences and how to write good ones from Paul here.

In January 2019, I began a series of articles on Wine Predator about Clos des Amis, where you can find wines that are locally grown, locally made, and locally owned here in Ventura County. I’ve been going out there a few times a month or even several ties a week to learn about growing grapes and making wines — and most of this goes on just a few miles from my home!

My mentor in this process winemaker Bruce Freeman has planted or been involved with planting many of the vines in Ventura County. To read more of this series, check out:

Learn more at the Clos des Amis website where you can order wines online for home delivery; if you join the wine club they are very affordable!

 

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