Vineyard Chateau Cooper's Marsh by Mike Oxley

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A fine wine in the making. Last year’s vintage proved to be a saucy little wine with a nose of wet squirrel, a bouquet like a turtle’s armpit and subtle aftertastes of duckweed, nightshade and goose bum.

With this year’s heat and sudden rainfalls, one could expect a fruitier result, perhaps more inclined towards swamp gas and red trillium on the nose and the delicate nuance of bullfrog breath. It will definitely have nice “legs” as the grapes will be tenderly crushed by obliging herons, thereby adding that certain unidentifiable taste for which the Marsh wines are renowned.

We shall know in November when the Nouveau is released and connaisseurs flock to the ‘Shine Shack for furtive tastings. Stretchers and wheelbarrows will be provided for transport back to the parking lot. After that, you’re on your own.

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
August 29, 2010

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/30 second

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grapes, humour, marshes, nature, swamps, wine

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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 4 years ago

    lol!! I was out eating all the wild grapes around my house just the other day…very tasty!! Great shot Mike!! :O] Did you try any?

  • Many thanks, Tracy! And, no, I didn’t try them. LOL! You’re not supposed to pick anything at the marsh, although I did come across a couple with bags full of elderberries….

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 4 years ago

    I’d like to reserve a wheelbarrow please! Sounds like a de-vine vintage!
    Something wild about a marsh wine! LOL! Such a fun narrative, Mike! And grape shot!! hehehe

  • LOL! Thanks so very much, Deb! De-vine, indeed. It’s a corker! As soon as I seed these, I knew they’d be very tendril….And how about a Cab instead of a wheelbarrow? Although a barrow ride might beaujolais….

    – Mike Oxley

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 4 years ago

    nice shot Mike.

  • Much appreciated, Dave! Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    I can smell the bucket (’it’s _Bouquet_’) now, AND, not only is this a wonderful shot of a favored fruit (though I’m not a wine drinker), it brings to mind happy memories of the Dowager Lady Ursula’s gooseberry vintage… as seen here . This is part 4… the only one you really need to see, though the build-up is good, too, & readily available for consumption. Don’t know if the Dowager’s concoction would be good for Consumption, but it left the hale & hearty Hyacinth feeling no pain….

  • Ahhh! Dear Hyacinth Bookay! Grand lady, indeed, reminiscent of my sister’s neighbour, Eleanor. Had an experience with dandelion wine one Canada Day that I think I’d like to remember, if only to use it as an excuse to avoid same like the plague. Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 4 years ago
    Now then Mike, NOW your talking my languge!!! another great shot .
  • LOL! Many thanks, Malcolm, and my apologies for such a late reply!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 4 years ago

    Hi Mike. this will surely make nice wine. Beautifully captured. Cheers :)

  • Cheers, Yannik, and many thanks for your very kind words!

    – Mike Oxley

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrabout 4 years ago

    Lovely….ooo I can taste them….Di

  • Many thanks, Di! There seems to be a bumper crop this year.

    – Mike Oxley

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