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, May 26, 2008

Best in the world!

Aldo Sohm won in Rome and is the best sommelier in the world! Very excited for him and so curious to hear all the details from the competition that took place this past weekend.

During this all-American Memorial-day weekend I went to the Yankee's game and had a great time, but realized some major flaws with the best (they say) team in baseball (I still love my SF Giants). The Dodger dog, by Farmer John, is the best hot dog in baseball. I know this might be blasphemous with Nathan's and all, but all I could think about while I was having my dog at the game is the memory of my Farmer John in LA. I spent a lot of time hating the Dodgers too, so you know I'm serious. Oakland A's win for the best all-around food concessions, and the Giants win for best wine selection. Coors field has the coldest beer. Wrigley had a great wiener, but the bun fell apart. Yankees didn't even have sauerkraut, maybe somewhere else in the park, but I was in a good seat (with padding) with a server and no sauerkraut was offered.

Now the wine at the house that Ruth built was the worst part of the game. Oh my gosh, YellowTail? For real? Isn't this America? Isn't this an American pastime? Isn't Yankee Stadium the icon for all that? Tell me where YellowTail is from people. Why not serve some wine from say, I don't know, New York!? There is very drinkable wine from New York, as close as the Hamptons. Tocai Friulano from Channing Daughters is a fine example. Sheesh!

I hope with the new ball park going up next door that things are going to change, or Derek Jeter and I are going to have a very personal conversation.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008


Ok so last night at the restaurant we were a little busy. We had a party of 4 that spent some big money on wine, like in the 5 large range, and then put strawberries in their glasses. They put strawberries in the champagne ($2,400) and in the grand cru white AND gc red! Dang, they could have saved themselves $4,900 for that buzz.

Did I tell you about my recent tale of running away from the cab driver? I was kidnapped but got away. I never knew I could run in heels like that. 40 years old hiding behind a tree. Life is not boring in NY for me now. Just got my clothes back from the laundry and they left it all in the dryer on high... I thought I was gaining weight. Everything has shrunk just in time for the warmer weather. Things just have a way of working out.

I'm working on a couple of new projects, like and I'm also trying to put a video together for the Wine Spectator video contest. I know I've been lazy about blogging, so I'm going to work on taking it in a new direction. BTW the blog address has changed to plain old, no more blogspot in the url. Thanks to Suzi for her web expertise.

This is a pic of the work crew. Aldo's heading to Rome to compete in a world sommelier competition. Going to Piper's bday party tonight.