Southbound to Austin, TX

The best part about being a wine-geek is [without a doubt] the ongoing set of new things you discover, taste, experience, and learn about on the journey to full-blown wine nerd.  I've lately become a huge fan of the history in Washington and the juicy, impressive wines the region is producing.  And, who's with me … Continue reading Southbound to Austin, TX

The Major Reds, Major Whites

Allow me to introduce the stars of the show.  By collection of name only.  As I study each of these beauties, expect a fleshy blog post, devoting to each its own time in the spotlight. Major White Grape Varieties: Albariño Assyrtiko Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Grüner Veltliner Gewurztraminer Marsanne Melon de Bourgogne Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains … Continue reading The Major Reds, Major Whites

Blog Post: What I’ve learned so far. Or rather, not learned.

How about a little humble pie for Sunday morning brunch, say you?  I've just had a hot, steaming pile of it friends, and trust me - it's not tasty. The gap of passionately drinking, sharing and loving ALL things of the wine world versus becoming a student of wine in order to think and drink … Continue reading Blog Post: What I’ve learned so far. Or rather, not learned.

Book Review: “Cork Dork”

“The Kitchen Confidential of wine: Read this book, and you’ll never be intimidated by wine—or wine snobs—again.” ~Madeline Puckette, co-author of Wine Folly   In the world of wine, just as life in general, one cannot literally "know it all".  Wine especially, is like that.  In its entirety, wine is an infinite source of history, artistry, … Continue reading Book Review: “Cork Dork”

Confucious Said So?

"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life." ~ Confucius Linkage to the ancient Chinese sage Confucius as the origin of this insightful quote is debatable and appears to be spurious; anachronistic elements suggest that "job choice" or flexibility of work in the era {485 BC} of Confucius was possible, yet it … Continue reading Confucious Said So?

Dare to think. Differently.

"To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield." ~ Quote is the final verse of Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses Tell me wine is NOT a great thing of tumultuous beauty - I dare you and then I'll call you insane.  In all my tastings, literary explorations, purchases and experiments, studies, viewings of film, wandering … Continue reading Dare to think. Differently.

Hedonist: a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker.

Being from Paso Robles, being in love with wine, being ever proud of my physical and intellectual thirst of all things wine, I gifted myself today with a ridiculously priced but stunning hard cover coffee table book about the region that I know well and still call my home.  As I venture farther and farther … Continue reading Hedonist: a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker.

A “Vision” Worth Sharing

Sometimes simple words cannot do what confirming signs and wonders of the Universe can.  To the soul seeker, there is magic in the Pacific Northwest.  To wine nerds like myself, "winederlust" is real and the PNW is a "can't miss" destination on your bucket list.   I recently had the good fortune to return to Seattle, … Continue reading A “Vision” Worth Sharing