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The Philosophy of Wine

I hope all of my Vinous Readers are having a wonderful, relaxing and joyful holiday season filled with AMAZING wine! I have been so busy finishing up the final assignments for the semester of my Masters in Wine Business Program. Whew! I am very excited for the upcoming semester, but this holiday vacation is much needed! I need some time to catch up on wine drinking, hahaha! Did I hear you say “Ya Right, Ceci Sipper!” ?

Ok Ok, I know I drink wine on a daily basis, but you know how a marathon runner needs to up his endurance with some serious training…..that is me, but with wine during this school winter break =P

I am leaving this afternoon with my frenchman to go visit his family and friends in Nantes, France for Christmas Eve. We are having some Deee-licious wine and champagne, foie gras, lobster, oh my! (photos to come) and THEN…….. on Christmas Day, my frenchman and I FLY TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!! We will be the Christmas presents for my friends and family there! I haven’t been home for a whole year!! But don’t worry, I will of course keep updating this blog while I am back in the States! Who knows maybe some State-side interviews, videos and wine tasting entries !?!? ;)

As I have not yet reached my goal of being a famous wine blogger and having enough money to send you all personal Christmas presents. I will have to send you a virtual present. I received this as an email from a friend and thought it would be a perfect virtual gift for my Vinously Speaking Blog Readers!

~~~~~~ ENJOY ~~~~~~

The Philosophy of Wine
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2” in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous – yes.

The professor then produced a bottle of red wine from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.” “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “ there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.” “Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented. (That would be me, hahaha)

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a good bottle of wine.”

Vinously Speaking & Vinously Yours,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE CECI SIPPER !!!

  2 comments for “The Philosophy of Wine

  1. Bradley Cooper, Winemaker
    December 23, 2009 at 5:31 am

    The rocks, the pebbles, the sand and the wine. Great story and so true. Thanks for that. I think I'll repeat it when I get a couple glasses behind me at the next holiday get-together.

  2. Heike Larsson
    December 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    This was so fun, true and nice to read!
    Good Christmas to you too! Have fun in TX!
    Greetings from Sweden,
    Heike

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