My Fascination with the Grape

grapes-on-vineSince I can remember I have always had a fascination with the grape.  As far back as kindergarten I recall drawing and coloring them as my first fruit of choice.  Perhaps it was the variety of colors, their patina, the way they clustered, or even the way they tasted. At that young age I did not realize the impact that the juice of the pressed vine would have on my life.  In my family my father enjoyed a variety of fermented beverages but my mother was not a huge fan.  So when it came to the enjoyment of wine I was somewhat of a late bloomer.

I come from a large family, and on the front end mostly girls, five to be precise, with two boys being the youngest.  We were always entertaining at our house and I recall the first wine I served my guest, it was a bottle of Manischewitz. I recall my visit to the wine store, overwhelming at the time. I knew very little about wine but I loved the shape of the bottles, the beautiful picture of grapes and the bold deep burgundy color of the wine. Perhaps I was also influenced by the bottle of Manischewitz my grandfather kept hidden in the back of his cupboard.  At that time I did not have an opportunity to taste it, but I do recall him telling me that he would take a sip every now and then and that it was good for his health.  That was a long time ago and my taste, wine choices, and knowledge of wines have changed over the years.

These are some of the events that started my fascination with the grape and the juice of the vine pressed. When I started my career in the hospitality industry that interest grew even more because as a meeting and event planner I am often called on to recommend or make wine selections.  If you are a meeting planner, or know someone who is, then you understand exactly what I mean.  Please accept my personal invitation to follow my blog.  I will be covering many interesting aspects of wine from its origin, types of wines, and many of the up and coming brands.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

I would enjoy reading your comments.  Stay tuned there is much more to come!


  1. Carolyn Crane says:

    Very well done. It kept my attention. Keep up the good work. I look forward to the next blog. Ciao!

    • Carolyn thank you. It was fun to write, brought back many memories, and allowed me to reflect on the many occasions I have had to show hospitality which is one of my favorite things to do.

  2. Tracey Smith says:


    Love this posting! My favorite wine at the moment is Meiomi, a Belle Glos pinot blend. It is so yummy! If you want a white wine for summer sipping, I highly recommend New Age from Argentina. It has a slight effervescence and serves well over crushed ice and a slice of lemon or lime.

    Looking forward to the next posts!

    • Tracey, I am delighted you enjoyed the post. I appreciate your sharing your two favorites. I plan to try them. Thank you!

  3. Great post Rosa. Thanks for sharing

  4. Manal, my pleasure, it felt great to share. Thank you!

  5. Monique Bell says:

    Thanks for sharing Rosa, I will be following your blog!

  6. Rosa,
    I loved, loved, loved this. It was a pleasure to read and made me smile. Looking forward to your next post.
    Keep up the good work and keep jumping off the ledge.

    • Hi Linda,

      Can you believe it, finally, and I am having fun. I switch blogs every Wednesday so look out for more.

  7. Rosa, this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this.
    As an immigrant from South Africa, we were fortunate enough to grow up with incredible wines from the Stellenbosch and Constantia regions in the Cape. Also, Manischewitz is a kosher wine that we share on the Sabbath – I can fully understand your taste for it.
    There is a great store in Tustin that has an incredible wine selection – “Total Wine” in the Marketplace.

    • Hello Jackie,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed the blog. I hear that South Africa has an incredible production of wines. I have tasted a few of them but not as familiar as I would like. Thank you for sharing info on the two wine regions in S. Africa more homework for me. I will look into Total Wine in the Marketplace. I will be changing blogs once a week on Wednesday so more to come. My best to Michael!

  8. Looking forward to more on wine & wine trivia. I’m a big fan of the culture and history behind one of my favorite beverages!

    • Hi Heather,

      So good to hear from you and glad you are enjoying the wine trivia. I enjoyed your comments, keep sharing. There are more blogs to come! Hope to see you soon.

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