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

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

Excerpt :: Ode to Wine

"I like on the table,when we're speaking,the light of a bottleof intelligent wine."~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Nobel Prize Winner, LiteratureThe tasting room at Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville Wine Country, Washington. Upon sighting, I stopped to snap this photo, contemplate and admire fondly the sentiment as applied to my own table settings. [insert: smile] … Continue reading Excerpt :: Ode to Wine

Go Broke. For Wine.

Christmas 2016 for one, please.  In solitude to the soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio, I unexpectedly found myself celebrating the holiday alone in Dallas (translate: no tree, no turkey, no gifts, no people). The mental silence and surrounding stillness of my empty apartment found me posturing as Socrates the Thinker: … Continue reading Go Broke. For Wine.