Where the grapes growPosted by Lori Welbourne
I live in the Okanagan Valley, home of some incredible world class wineries, and I know nothing about wine.
Naturally when I was sent some information about “The Vinos,” a wine film festival accepting commercials from wine-loving filmmakers, I produced and submitted a goofy video. I based my video on what any good storyteller does: what they know.
“How can you know nothing about wine when you live in wine country?” my friend from Vancouver asked.
I answered that it was the same way someone might have a limited knowledge of hockey even though they live in Canada – which, coincidentally, is another crime I’m guilty of.
“I’ve tried to get into it,” I responded. “I suppose it’s just not my thing.” And I have tried. Kind of.
I have friends who own wineries and it’s their passion; others have wine cellars and love to collect; and countless more of my friends love nothing more than a glass of wine or two at the end of a hard day. Me? I’d rather have Nutella on a spoon.
“I have enough vices,” I said when my pal pressed me further. “I don’t need any more.”
Yet as much of a wine connoisseur that I’m not, I really do love living in wine country. One of the first things we did when we moved to the Okanagan with our newborn almost 12 years ago was to take our little guy out on a wine tour with our out-of-town guests.
“I can’t believe you live so close to beautiful wineries like this!” my friend exclaimed while sipping Pinot Noir and taking in the magnificent sunset in the beautiful vineyard. It was then that I realized that I could have an enormous appreciation for the industry without being as passionate about the product like so many of my friends were.
Putting together a last minute video about something I knew nothing about proved to be more fun than I imagined. And to my surprise, the video was a finalist in the competition.
Attending “The Vinos” awards was a hoot. With so many wine lovers in attendance and such an array of wineries represented, it was great to be surrounded by their energy. The most entertaining part of the event for me was the viewing of the videos. One after another, each little film proved to be different than the last, and reminded me of how unique we all are in our artistic expression and life experience.
It has always amazed me how you can give 20 people the exact same topic and ask them to write 500 words on that subject and every single story would be completely different. In that I find beauty.
I don’t love wine. So what? Our unique likes and distastes are far more interesting than if we were all exactly the same. What kind of a world would we live in if we all ate Nutella from a spoon? More diabetic and far less sophisticated for sure.
To watch my wine commercial called “The Tour Guide” please visit LoriWelbourne.com
To see all the great commercials from “The Vinos” please CLICK HERE.