Passing the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

April seventh.  Test day. Three days before my birthday in 2018, I rose early in the stillness of the morning, just before 5 a.m. in time to welcome the first light of day.  The valley skies were slate grey and an iconic fog bank had begun its withdrawal over the Napa river outside my hotel … Continue reading Passing the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

The Math and Market of Wine . . .

Mr. Erol Senel broadcasts one of my favorite podcasts right now, the "I Digress" podcast.  I listen to new releases on Mondays and find his love for wine is a common sentiment that he and I share, but beyond that we share an affinity for the motivational.  "I Digress" is focused on telling the stories … Continue reading The Math and Market of Wine . . .

Excerpt from “Secrets of the Sommeliers”

Inspiration ON: BECOMING A SOMMELIER "Much like their forebears, few of today's top U.S. Sommeliers came into the restaurant business planning to do what they are currently doing. But a common factor binds them now: a passion for wine that almost defies description.  Both their professional lives and their personal lives are centered around wine.  … Continue reading Excerpt from “Secrets of the Sommeliers”

Time to Nerd: April 7, 2018

Hello and happy new year, friends! Looking back at '17 and in the now of '18, it is apparent that committing to patterns and habit setting in the fourth quarter of last year was an obvious personal challenge.  Accomplishing anything in the fourth quarter of the year seems like a good idea, and possible until … Continue reading Time to Nerd: April 7, 2018