We spent the afternoon at PessagnoWinery where owner Steve Pessagno joined us for a glass of wine, engaging us in conversation ranging from the benefits of owning a winery, “great lifestyle, good friends, wonderful wines,” to the downside of abundance, “it’s a challenge to maintain a slim waistline,” to the way of the universe.
I said we were made of the same stuff as the stars—carbon atoms. He of course knew better. After all, to be a winemaker of his caliber he understood chemistry. He corrected me with some gobbledygook about the alchemical process of transformation that involved helium, hydrogen and free neutrons that even now I can’t recall. Still, we were in agreement. We are the universe and the universe is us. Cheers!