How to create your own Cork Stories:
My blog, Cork Stories, is about wine, food and the life experiences that surround them. Every cork has a story that represents a memory in your life, whether it was a celebration, dinner with friends, time alone or a night in with someone you love. I encourage you to share your own Cork Stories in the pages of this blog (http://www.corkstories.wordpress.com). The format is simple; discuss the wine, vintage, price and flavors and share a few paragraphs about the occasion that was taking place over this particular glass (es) of wine. Tell us about the food you recommend pairing with your bottle of wine, too.
How Cork Stories began:
The beginning of Cork Stories started in my early-20’s as a personal journal. Each time I had a bottle of wine, I would hold on to the cork and label it with the date & occasion. Each Cork was represented in my journal as an individual entry, where I carefully documented the flavors of the wine; some history about the particular region or wine producer, and commentary about the overall “moment” in my life. Each cork has an assigned chapter number, so anytime, I can pick a cork from my glass vase and turn to its corresponding chapter and relive that experience all over again. My book is an open diary, meant to share my life with friends who enter my home and guests who visit my blog.
A passionate tale:
Wine has always marked a special time in my life where I continue to experience many incredible adventures, learning and seeing new things, people and fantastic places along the way. My life’s journey is one that is beyond words alone; a voyage spanning the icy lakes of Stockholm, the eyes of Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory of Samolthrace in Paris. I’ve told my every sin to a hidden priest inside the Vatican, all the while believing that he only understood Italian; the Palace de Royal in Madrid was my kingdom, if only for an afternoon.
As I look back on some of my fondest memories, a common vine winds its way across the trellis of my life…all too often, but not too much, a glass or bottle of wine was there, marking the moments like the dashes across an ancient timeline. Over the years, I have collected hundreds of corks and stored them away in wooden cigar boxes, crystal vases, empty purses and secret drawers. I’ve carefully marked each one of them with the date and occasion and a chapter number to correspond with my book. For years, my memories have sat quietly in their resting places, stained red with grape skins and the scent of musky wine, waiting for their story to be written.
On a quiet weekend spent in solitude with my husband, I finally wrote the first chapter of my book and have many more pages to fill. Every cork I’ve saved is a part of me, a chapter of my life, in all its glory , wonder, simplicity and adventure.
This is the story of Terrah Maria, the beautiful, delicious, intoxicating tales of my love for life, adventure, friends, family, God and of course – WINE. I look forward to reading about your Cork Stories, too.
Fun Wine Facts:
FACT: It takes 630 grapes to make 1 bottle of wine. A ton of grapes yields about 143 gallons of wine. 2.38 gallons are in a case and 60 cases make up a ton.
RULE: An Italian Wine Maker once taught me how to properly toast. “When you toast to someone,” he said, “toast to their health by blessing them with a ‘Salute’, or ‘God bless you.” “Always do it with your left hand, the hand with the vein closest to your heart, for if you toast with your right hand you are a bad lover.” There is just one more rule, “ALWAYS look the person you are toasting directly into their eyes, for if you look away or if you look at your glass, it is an insult as if to say, ‘this glass of wine is more beautiful than your face.'” – Giancarlo Guarnieri, owner, Lanciola.