The next up in our Drunk on Geology series is Elements Cabernet Sauvignon by Artesa Winery.
"Elements Wines symbolize the philosophy that when the five basic elements are in balance, harmony exists, Metal: the minerality in the soil, Water: for the vines, Wood: the vines themselves, Fire, the sun that ripens the grapes, and Earth, the soil."
Now, obviously, we no longer believe in the four (or five) basic elements. But that wasn't always the case. Starting around 450 BCE, the Greeks originally thought there were only four elements: earth, fire, air, and water. Later added to by Aristotle a fifth element, aether, to represent materials in the stars. By the Middle Ages these four (or five) elements started to be expanded upon because the typical earth = solid, water = liquid, air = gas, and fire = "plasma", didn't conform to everything that they were seeing. Mercury is a classic example of a "earth" that is also a liquid. So they added a few more elements: quicksilver (Mercury), salt, and brimstone (sulphur); elements that didn't "fit" into their view of the world.
The image on the bottle not only represents a bunch of wine bottles stacked on top of each other but could also represent the layering of the original elements; Earth on the bottom, Metal in the middle, Air and Water on top.
|Mendeleev's original Periodic Table of Elements from his 63 elements. Image from Lumenlearning.com.|
|Modern day Period Table of Elements with 118 elements. Image from the National Library of Medicine. |