Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.Julia Child
Wine has seduced many great figures throughout the ages: Ernest Hemingway called it ''the most civilized thing in the world'' while Benjamin Franklin proclaimed it ''proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.'' The legendary author M.F.K. Fisher once said she couldn't think of her own life without thinking of wine.
September is harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere. So we wondered: what is it about wine that makes it so loved? Perhaps it's the soft wind that gently caresses the grapes or the warm rays of the sun that slowly ripen them on the vine.
After the harvest comes the famed ''crush,'' the pressing and fermentation of the grapes. Just a few more steps and the wine is ready for aging, the one element that many believe defines a great wine. So kick back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite vintage and celebrate the grape harvest.