Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

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…

Jan 24, 2014

The Iconoclast, The Reporter, and The Crusader—Wine Folks We Miss

Listening to Alice Feiring’s interview with the late Joe Dressner, it got me thinking about a few people who I really miss. Joe is one of them. I never met Joe Dressner, the iconoclastic wine importer who never, ever held his tongue. I never missed reading anything that he wrote and to this day I am sorry I never met. He said some very nasty things about me, as well as saying some very gracious things about me. I did…

Nov 1, 2013

Introducing The Facebook Wine Cave Page

Read to the bottom of or go to the bottom of this post. I have a plan! Yes. Social media has and continues to change the way wine lovers share their passion. I think we communicate more about wine with other geeks due to social media. We more easily discover fellow geeks. And the ways by which we discover new wines has expanded with social media. But I recently introduced to one of the ultimate examples of the way Social…

Sep 4, 2013

The 4 Key Trends in the Wine Industry in the Past 20 Years

This month I will embark on my 24th year working in the wine industry and I’ve begun to start to think, finally, about the industry from the top down. I was speaking with a friend about this perspective and they asked a pretty simple question: “What have been the major themes in the wine industry over the past two decades?” That it’s simple also makes it somewhat difficult to answer. But, by breaking down the industry into its constituent parts,…