Stamp Your Trip to Wine Country

stampLike you, I am many things.

Also like you, some of the things I am may seem incongruous.

I am a wine lover and a bowler.

I am a fan of “Peanuts” and “South Park.”

The only letter I write each year is the annual family missive that is tucked inside the Christmas cards, yet I am a philatelic.

I have always loved stamps, and I have collected them since I was a kid. I do not collect them as investments; rather, I collect them for my own enjoyment.

And so, my collection includes lots of stamps featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang, mostly from countries other than the U.S. It also includes a number of wine-related stamps.

Sometimes life gets in the way of our hobbies, and to be honest, I had not looked at my stamp collection for several years until a few weeks ago, when I was researching a story on “the bowling art of Charles Schulz,” the late illustrator and brilliant writer of “Peanuts.”

It was fun leafing through my “Peanuts” stamp scrapbook, and then I took a little break from my work to spend some time with my wine stamps.

Just as CD covers are like mini versions of record covers, I’ve always thought of wine stamps as mini versions of wine labels — each unique, and some of which could be considered true works of art.

This one was part of a series issued in Australia in 1992, featuring some of the country’s wine regions.

There are many online resources for those who collect or are interested in collecting wine-themed stamps. One of my favorites is this one, which organizes the stamps by country.

Pour a glass of Vinesse wine, go online to a wine stamp site, sit back, and soak in some beautiful scenery in the comfort of your own home.

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