Fine Wine and I

May 10, 2012
By ZDubois BRONZE, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
ZDubois BRONZE, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Did anyone else see that happen?

My grandfather, a retired French engineer and fine wine-lover, once told me the secret behind a spectacular wine’s taste was its unique terroir, or the combination of the soil, gradient, and weather. Like wine, we are all influenced by our environment. I, for example, am a product of Madawaska, Maine. The Acadian heritage, the personality of the people, and the welcoming feel of the community as a whole have all contributed to my identity.

Unlike wine, however, people are influenced by multiple places. I moved to Wisconsin late this summer, and now the culture and feel of this new place is beginning to make a similar connection for me. Before now, my time in Wisconsin was marked solely by fleeting summer vacations, and I didn’t really know the area. Yet, this area has become the anchor for my uprooted culture through the memories I had as a child, the stories my mother told me, and the memories I’m making now. At the old Victorian house on Main Street in Madawaska, I remember racing my remote control car with my brother, learning how to ride a bike, and walking to the recreation building. In South Milwaukee, when I see other children participating in similar activities that I did, I can’t help but think ‘Would I be any different if I was raised here in South Milwaukee instead? ‘

Every wine-lover will say that terroir leaves a small trace in the final product. Similarly in life, the places that influence us the most don’t necessarily need to where we have spent most of our time.

The author's comments:
This was a supplemental essay that asked about 'connection to place'. That's literally it. So, please, try to enjoy my 249 word-count beautiful disaster.

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