Day 772: Grapevines

Today’s word and topic, dear readers, is “Grapevines.” I know at least three definitions of the word “grapevine.” Let’s see what the on-line defining experts say.

1. a vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing fruit (grapes) used for eating or winemaking. Numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed for the winemaking industry.

I’ve never seen the word “cultivars” before, but maybe I’ll find out about that and other grapevine-related information when I visit Wine Country in California, very soon.


When I grapevined over to Google Images and entered “Wine Country California,” I received the above sign of that grapevine-y image (found here).

Here’s the next definition of “grapevine”:

2. informal
used to refer to the circulation of rumors and unofficial information.
“I’d heard through the grapevine that the business was nearly settled”

Perhaps you’ve heard it through the grapevine — or through your own experience of my blog — that I like to include music I love in these posts. Yesterday, I heard it, through my headphones, THREE versions of a favorite song in a grapevine row, as I was walking and grapevining to my car after work.

Gladys Knights and the Pips are grapevining through “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” here on YouTube.

Yes I am also hearing this live performance of Marvin Gaye singing “I Heard it Through the Grapevine on YouTube:

Creedance Clearwater Revival also are hearing it through the grapevine (here on YouTube, with lyrics):

Whenever I hear Creedance’s version of “Grapevine,” this thought grapevines through my mind: What accent is assigned, when “heard” sounds like “hoid”?

Before you hear this through the grapevine, I’ll tell you that I also like Michael McDonald‘s version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” (here on YouTube):

You may have heard it through the grapevine — or just read it in this post — that I know a third definition of grapevine.

Can you guess what that is?

That third definition did NOT grapevine back to me in my first search online for grapevine defines.

When I grapevine over to, I find these grapevine signs:

First Known Use of GRAPEVINE

circa 1736
Rhymes with GRAPEVINE

A-line, affine, airline, align, alkyne, alpine, assign, at sign, balkline, baseline, beeline, benign, bloodline, blue line, blush wine, bo…

The Merriam-Webster grapevine gives us the date of first usage and the beginning of an obviously long list of rhymes, but no sign or line of the fine wine of that third way to define.

One more grape from the vine of Merriam Webster:

Definition of GRAPEVINE

city N Texas NE of Fort Worth pop 46,334

I shall now grapevine more online defines until the defining stars align in a way that’s benign and in line with mine.

Arrghh!  I can’t find that definition for which I pine!  Although I did find these fine lines, at

In the Civil War, a grapevine telegraph was a gadget used for communicating. From there, people started talking about “the grapevine” as a source of information, especially gossip. If you heard from a friend of a friend that another friend is getting married, you heard it on the grapevine. If your cousin’s cousin told you about a family scandal, you heard it on the grapevine. The grapevine is unofficial and full of hearsay: what you hear might not be accurate.

Perhaps it’s unofficial, hearsay, and inaccurate that there is a third definition of “grapevine.” However, I shall not resign, but bee-line to this fine define at Wikipedia:

Grapevine (dance move)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Grapevine is a dance figure in partner dancing that shares a common appearance, with some variation, in ballroom, club, and folk dances. It includes side steps and steps across the support foot. The step is used, for example, in the Foxtrot, Polka, Electric Slide and Hustle as well as in Freestyle aerobics.

Here are some signs and lines I saw as I grapevined through yesterday:

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IMG_5403 IMG_5406 IMG_5409 IMG_5414 IMG_5416 IMG_5417



One final grapevine sign: I have yet to hear — through the medical grapevine — anything defined about my heart’s (alleged) decline (while I feel fine enough to grapevine).

That won’t stop me from grapevining up the coast of California, starting in three fine days!

Thanks to grapevines, grapeviners, definers, all those who composed, sang, or played on any version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” the Fenway Park area of Boston, and to you — of course! — for grapevining your way here, today.

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33 thoughts on “Day 772: Grapevines

  1. The Big Chill with Heard it Through The Grape Vine will be forever linked in my mind. I wold quickly grapevine my way away from all that snow.. it is hard to look at,you must be counting the minutes. The grapevine is one of the many steps used in Israeli dancing 🙂

    • I like that movie and the thought of you doing Israeli dancing. There are too many minutes, so I’m counting the days. I’ve heard it through the grapevine that there are only three to go!

  2. Who knew so many words could rhyme with grape-vine?

    And I heard through the grapevine that you were going to be leaving the snow to go a-tasting some fine wine soon — Yippeee!!!!

  3. so many typos in that comment- need more coffee, so better grapevine my way over to the Keurig machine 🙂

  4. My grape vine intuition told me I hadn’t seen a post from you for 2 days … and I found out you dropped off my reader. this is strange! Any how glad I found you again and you are not buried under 77 inches of snow after all 🙂

    • That is strange, Val! I’m glad you found me again. You heard it through the grapevine that I post every day, rain, shine, snow, or grapes.

  5. I always think of the singing grapes that were popular when I was younger – they sang that song, too!

  6. Gene Phillips

    I’m one of those gardeners who looks through seed and plant catalogs in the dead of winter so “cultivar” is a familiar word to me–just don’t ask me to define it.

    • I won’t, Gene.

      a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding. Cultivars are usually designated in the style Taxus baccata “Variegata.”

      Always great to see your selective and variegated comments here.

  7. I love the song heard it through the grapevine, love the dance done it many times and so much snow wow is it cold with all that snow

    • I just checked the temperature, Joanne, after coming in from the cold. How many degrees is it (Faherenheit)?

      I heard it through the grapevine that it’s only 10.

  8. “I hope I don’t hear it through the grapevine,
    but through words which have morphed into lights and no longer have sounds to baffle minds.
    Let grapevine’s chatter be muted by sunsets, dimmed,
    And let me sleep with moonlight beams and wake up, with sunrise hymns.”

  9. How to Do the Grapevine Dance Move:

  10. Wonderful! As a southern Californian by birth, I am reminded that the term “The Grapevine” also refers to a steep, twisting grade on Interstate 5 that can be very treacherous in the winter. And then there is an AA publication called “The Grapevine” with anecdotes and stories written by recovering alcoholics.

  11. “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Donna Summer:

  12. There are many definitions for this word just as many renderings of the song. I like most of them and especially by the CCR.

  13. I heard it through the grapevine that they may grow grapes in California, Ann.

  14. Ann, grapevine yourself thru DFW airport. I live in Grapevine, Texas. I’ll grapevine over to meet you if you have a layover. Our family has lived here since 1997.

    The towns early settlers named the city after noting many native mustang grapes growing throughout the area.

    I am so excited for Aaron and you. Our family was in wine country last March, visiting our daughter and son-in-law. They live north of Sonoma up in the Lake County region.

    May you have a tranquil respite, sharing special memories with Aaron. I know you will find greenery and warmer temps. I’m thankful you will get a much needed break from the cold and snow.

    I wish you a blessed trip filled with unexpected thrills and memories to last a lifetime.

    • I am so excited and happy to hear it through the grapevine that YOU LIVE IN GRAPEVINE, TEXAS. That totally made my day. Thank you!

  15. jakesprinter

    Very impressive 🙂

  16. What an amazing contrast between the first and last photos. Hope you are seeing sunny vineyards in a few day’s time.

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