Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine

The scent and beauty of lilacs evoke strong emotions, so it’s understandable people often associate them with wine and song.  At one time or another, many try their hand at homemade lilac wine, enticed by prospects of the bouquet.  A few wineries even offer it for sale.  Nina Simone’s rendition of Lilac Wine, imbued with haunting melancholia over loss of a lover, is perhaps the best tribute yet to lilacs’ psychic hold on us:

I lost myself on a cool damp night
I gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree
I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
And be what I want to be