Poetry on a Wine Bottle

Cinquain Cellars seeks entries to appear on new labels

by Jane Firstenfeld
Cinquain wine poetry
Cinquain Cellars features poems on its back labels.

San Miguel, Calif. -- This 1,500-case Central Coast winery is named for an obscure style of poetry: A cinquain has 5 lines, containing in order 2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 syllables.

Owners David and Beth Nagenast harvested the first vintage of the nine winegrape varieties from their 14-acre estate in 2006. Their flagship Reserve Meritage inspired the name Cinquain because, they say, it’s a poetic blend of five Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

The back labels even for single varietal wines feature poems relating to the contents and this year, the Nagenasts are soliciting eight new cinquains for their next bottling. “Become a published poet and win a case of wine,” they offer.

Should you need an example, the Cinquain Cellars website cinquaincellars.com opens with a cinquain:

pruned, picked, and pressed,
all by hand, on our land,
we share our art form and passion,
with you.

Enter as many times as you’d like on the Cinquain Cellars Facebook Fan Page, or through e-mail to beth@cinquaincellars.com before Dec. 31, 2009.

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