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.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Merry Christmas

Pic from ice skating in Sun Valley, Id. with Gov. Arnie and Maria Shriver (not pictured)...

There is wine a small "wine country" here in Idaho.

Arnold likes Gruner Veltliner wine. It is a white wine that comes from his homeland, Austria. Call it "groovie" for short. This varietal is widely planted in Austria and has been described as complex. I had some recently in Healdsburg and it was an easy-drinking white.

As my friend Mark asked, what's up with the bears eating the grapes in Northern Napa County? I think it was Pope Valley. I'll have to investigate the purported events as I recover from the Christmas holiday back in Napa (stuck in the Boise airport at the moment). Looking forward to new year's eve and a visit to San Jose and Ridge winery, maybe. C'mon 2006.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Holiday Pairings

I took a class on holiday food and wine pairings with Andrea Immer, she's an inspiration because she changed her life/career from Wall St. to wine. For a while, she said, she lived and entertained on popcorn paired with chardonnay which is a match she still uses today. Champagne works even better.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Different View of Napa

Got a cool view of Napa from the water, as the cellar crew got a ride on our winemaker's boat.

You can ride on the Napa river through the downtown area, I had no idea. It's all different from the road.

We were having a mini harvest celebration, as all the wine is made and next month I'll be ready to share some of the final product... with you? Maybe.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

the week got better

So I had to move the wine out of the tank into another in order to recover my phone. There it was, sitting in a puddle of lees (grape mud) and dammit why didn't I take a pic of that? It was dead, soaking in a very pretty purple muck. After work that day, I realized my car keys were missing and maybe I threw them out in a huge garbage dumpster outside the winery. It wasn't that terrible digging through the trash though, my mind was really out of sorts Monday b/c I spent the previous day uncovering the fact that I spent some time out of the past year with homme d'ordures (again, dammit, wish I took a picture of the scene). Anyhoo...

Found my keys the next day sitting on a tank, not inside, and all was well after I dropped the dough on a new phone. Simplifies my Christmas shopping for this year. No gifts or cards, but I'll call you. I see this past week as making a new start, as I've trimmed down my call list and learned a couple of huge lessons. I'll not get into that too much, but I'll tell you I know who's important to me in my life and I know what I know now instead of the "I wish I knew then what I know now." I know it NOW.

Monday, December 05, 2005

It finally happened

I dropped my cell phone into a 3,000 gallon tank of red wine today. Hello, I ain't got your number no more.