Side Viewโ€™s weekend challenge:

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.
Ernest Hemingway

My cherished ritual,
Happily shared:
Ceremonious selection of glass:
Ornate, baroque, clear crystal.
Careful extraction of cork.
Faithful as the clock;
For a moment
Forget the news.


23 Comments Add yours

  1. halfp1nt says:

    My research into Sidey’s theme left me with a bit of a headache this morning, and had me defrosting the fridge at 02h00am!

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahahaha! Hair of the dog?

  2. ah yes, lovely thought

  3. stilekke says:

    …..cheers!!!!………………..would it be ok to put some Afrikaans stuff here as well?…any idea?…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am sure it would, I have come across Afrikaans bloggers here; it is your space to do as you wish.

  4. nrhatch says:

    We owe a debt of gratitude to the creator of Happy Hour. : )

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, indeed we do ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Wonderfully relaxing… you’re so right, Cin! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy your Sunday adee ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. sonsothunder says:

    Great poem;
    Personally I get the same relaxing, ceremonial feeling, and satisfaction from just seeing the bottle, and reading the labels of wonderfully preserved liquids of the vine.

    Unfortunately for me however, anything other than the occasional, (as I commented @ Adeeyoyo’s pos)t; One glass of Beaujolais โ€ฆ give’s me a massive headache.

    But, I still can not resist that one glass of Beaujolais; my favorite with a nice Fillet Mignon, seared MR in butter, with Portabella mushrooms, and a side of fettuccine Alfredo.

    And if we MUST have a veggie, saute green been Almondine.

    Stay prolific …like you could do any less..God Bless you

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll cook that meal for you, Paul, just tell me when.

  7. slpmartin says:

    In winter…the finest moment are spent with a fine wine, music, good friends and a warm fireplace….enjoyed your post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Fine moments indeed.
      Sleep tight Charles.

  8. buttercup600 says:

    Hmmm, that brought me to a wonderful place…your words..like fine wine:) Cheers my friend xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      *clinks to Amanda*

  9. gospelwriter says:

    Love that you have a ritual around it, that in itself can be relaxing, or add to the relaxation of sitting and sipping. Cheers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A simple moment in the day that makes order out of chaos ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kavita says:

    Time to relax… enjoy these fine moments…
    The news can wait indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lovely and peaceful!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Kavita ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. colonialist says:

    I’ll drink to this! Chin-chin!

    (I thought you might do a wineglass-shaped one, but the words do a good enough job!)

  12. Giovanni says:

    One of the great pleasures of life…good wine and even better when shared with dear friends over a delicious meal.
    Hemingway is quite right regarding the sensory pleasure of wine…it satisfies every sense: smell, taste, touch, sight…but what about sound??
    That is why we clink our glasses!
    Cheers my dear.

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