A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine
Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Brioche and oak paint,
The auric cellar hero,
Mirror of the land.


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Iron in the sky,

Silk dancing in a sandstorm,

Roses on asphalt


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine
Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Fuzzy [Artwork by Author]

It is hard to look back,
And recall,
The times I was fabulous fit, strong, and tall.

Once perfectly ripe,
My fruits drew exclaims of delight,
Then …. I stumbled.

And nothing has been right since.
The harvests passed and no pickers came.
Months of work just left to hang on me.
I rot.
And all the beautiful greens.
All the glorious fruits.
All of it made me hate myself for what I am becoming.
Sagging vines.
A useless yield.
A thin film of fungus covers every inch of what is left…


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Frost [Artwork by Author]

Every spring
There is a chance,
That winter goes and then comes back.

It never lasts.

A flurry of passion building to a frantic frigid farewell.
A mistake.
A mistake we cannot help,
But make.

Tendrils tingle at the touch,
But,
My barely bubbling buds,
Undone.

The tithes of the tryst,
that my keeper cannot pay.

Every year he plots and schemes,
To drive the frosts away.

Burning barrels brought to block.
A small army keeps them stocked. …


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

The Creeps. [Artwork by Author]

Grandmother vine, twisted but refined, reminds.

Beware.
For the creeper comes for cuttings and consumes them in the night.
There is nothing you can do to outrun the browning blight.

Not long ago.
No.
Within one grow.
Every vineyard stood aghast.
As a creeping, crawling, chitin chewed a hole through every class.

At first it was a mystery.
What has happened to our leaves?
As brittle gushing galls all hinted at disease.

The creeper came.
And the world of wine would never be the same.


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Mangled [Artwork by Author]

From my plot I have a view, of all the vines that make the Cru.

Majestic and athletic the packed parcel precariously postured. Divine. Removed from time.

We common vines can only dream of the cliffside crevices to which they cling.

When the harvests roll around come metal beasts that shake the ground. Grinding, gnashing, shaking, smashing. The mangling machines branch bashing.

They leave us twisted in a heap, our grapes stripped clean by the beat... beat…beat.

From this abuse the Cru are spared, too…


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

Underneath. [Artwork by Author]

There is so much more of me than the pretty bits that you can see.

You walk with me, caress me. The perfect and pristine. Unnaturally clean and carefully preened.

A manicured mask that hides my willfulness. My wildness.

Would you feel the same, if my vines ran free? What use would you then have for me?

The cautious canopy you keep, balanced for my fruits you seek.

Would you still care for the grapes I bear, less perfect, but still sweet, if I grew…


A Tale from a Year in the Life of a Vine

Copyright 2021, Zachary Zundel

The Cut. [Artwork by Author]

Have I been here before?

It is cold. Cold enough to numb the knowing and re-knowings. Yet somehow, something, somewhere stirs a memory.

I have been here… before. Wherever the here is. But why now, out of the frigid depth of empty dreams do I stir?

Then I hear them, first as distant trills of terror and then as cracks of bending back from down the rows.

The me of different plantings, staggered down the line, cry out as frost stained limbs are hack and…


WSET III Advanced Certification Lapel Pin. [Picture by Author]

The First Challenge: Finding a Class

My wife (Suzan) and I had such a great time in the WSET Level II course that as soon as we had our shiny blue lapel pins in hand we began looking for a way to earn the WSET Level III Award in Wine. Declaring our intent was much easier than actually finding an Approved Program Provider (APP).

Part of the difficulty related to the requirements set on the WSET schools. In order to teach a WSET course, you need to hold the credential one level above the course you want to teach. This means that any provider that wants…

Zachary Zundel

Wine, Wilderness, and Wisdom.

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