I have been most fortunate to be part of a writer’s group that meets once a year up in the North Georgia mountain wilderness. It is pure enlightenment when the pink and purples of the sunset fade behind layers of blue skies and green mountains. On less than perfect sunny days, the clouds settle into the valley below, another beautiful sight. The people and atmosphere are no less inspiring.
This trip was special because one of my most favorite authors presented as the keynote speaker as well as offered a couple of workshops; her topic THE SOUL OF STORY. Come to find out- the soul of a story has to answer the same questions as the soul in each of us, the hows and whys and needs and wants.
Free time was spent outdoors (weather permitting) hiking or visiting the local waterfall, or indoors napping or writing. Meals were shared together as we swapped stories plus asked for and received advice.
On Friday night I ordered a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Since we were at a State Park Lodge, the bar was a bit limited, but they did have a house wine. My philosophy with red wine is- if I am going to gain the calories, I want to love the taste, otherwise, I can pass. I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I like what I like. Our waiter Wade brought a sip of their house cabernet. I sipped. It was “thin” and had a tang. Thanks, but no thanks.
The food and beverage manager came by with another sip for me to try- a selection they happened to have on hand with a rating of 88, meaning it was "a very good wine with special qualities." I sipped. It was full-bodied and flavorful, a little spicy and oak-y. I’ll take two! (Actually, just had one.) My meal of a green salad and chicken picatta was enhanced as well as our conversations of the writer’s life.
On the way out the dining room, I stopped our server and asked which wine I had for dinner. He retrieved the bottle from the back. Would you believe he returned with a 2016 wine called STORYPOINT. No fiction here!
Kyle Ann Robertson
Chief Writing Officer at Ifcorkscouldtalk.com and BBWalsh.com