Pairing Wine With My Life's Adventure

REINVENTION: Quit my job in IT, sold my house and moved from Cal to NYC for sommelier classes. GETTING MY HANDS DIRTY: Moved to Napa and worked in a vineyard making wine. TRAVEL: Through France and Italy on a wine scavenger hunt. Sto cambiando la mia vita e desidero imparare circa vino. Je change ma vie et je veux me renseigner sur le vin. TRY TO GET SERIOUS: Living in New York for 4 years and working as a Sommelier. NEW GOALS: Do my own thing, find love, speak Spanish, live wine.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Emilie du Châtelet

Emilie du Châtelet, 1700's
"she lived a life at a full tilt like a spirited healthy child"
Look her up. She had babies, mastered language, math, science and society during a time when women weren't allowed to be smart. She was creative and played a role in how Einstein came up with the big theory.

Pump Overs
Red grapes/juice are in a tank and the grape skins rise to the top like the coffee grounds in a big giant press pot. The juice from the bottom is 'pumped over' the top cap to extract color. The word in French is remontage and we have to do it twice a day until, well I'll get back to on that as soon as I see what happens after that happens.

8$ burgers
Bistro Jeanty's other restaurant in Yountville, PJ's or Pere Jeanty, has a nice burger (no cheese necessary) at the bar with a wonderful Sancerre by the glass. Yum, and yeah they do pair well after a 12 hour day.

20-year reunion
Next year in Vega$. I got a call reminding me to set up botox and any other nip/tuck procedures. Hey I don't need to spend the money on that if everything that happens there stays there, right? If it stays there then I won't have to nip it or tuck it.

wine making & chemistry
I wish I would have paid more attention when I took chemistry.

making money & measuring success
What you make and what you drive mean nothing. C'mon people do we still care about that? Sometimes, yes, I do. I'm making an hourly wage and when I'm cleaning out the winery's septic filter my mind will wonder back to my old job and salary. My boss says it's good to see where the juice ends up in both directions.

who is who in napa
Constant conversation overheard in Napa is that so-and-so used to own/work/make wine with/married to/sell for/knew so-and-so and I knew them when they bla bla bla bla. You're boring me.


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