Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Aug 24, 2014

The Napa Earthquake Strikes

I think I slept through the first 5 seconds of the earthquake. But that’s all. Upon waking I was confronted by the duel familiarities of the most unnatural sound of cacophonous rumbling and crashing and the feeling of the floor moving beneath my feet. Even in the pitch dark of my bedroom I knew what was happening. I also knew immediately that my wife and child were not next to me. I heard the screams of my wife coming from…

Jun 6, 2014

On D-Day, My Father and Wine

In college I spent a good deal of time studying World War II, and the European Theater in particular. One reason for this was my father’s involvement. He flew a P-47 out of England during the war. I was thinking about my father today on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I thought it might be good idea to re-post something I wrote 8 years ago on this blog in commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of D-Day. With gratitude to those…

May 9, 2014

A Wine Blogger Explores…Come Along For the Ride

My professional life has for 25 years revolved around wine, wine marketing and my clients. Every day I’ve risen thinking, “what next”, figuring out how to best pitch a story, sitting down to write a press release or press kit or something else to help tell my clients story. I’m a very lucky man. I remain pretty passionate about my professional life. In 2004, I added a twist and started FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog as another means to communicate…

Feb 19, 2014

Wine, Body and Perfection

I never appreciated the importance of the body of a wine until I stopped smoking cigarettes a few years ago. I realized then that while under the influence of smoke, so much of what I understood about wines was a result of appreciating the wine’s body and texture since my sense of smell and taste had been muted. I actually came to appreciate the beauty of wine by primarily appreciating the various bodies I encountered. To this day I still…

Feb 18, 2014

Wine, Food and the Pace of Things to Come

It was on the occasion of our good friends’ final night in town that saw us all dine at Torc yesterday evening. Torc is a new restaurant in downtown Napa. This experience left me thinking about the importance of pace and role it plays not only in a fine dining experience, but in so many other areas of life. “Pace” is a concept that is about more than just speed—slow, medium or fast, and often goes unappreciated and uncelebrated. I…