46 On the Occasion of my 46th

In honor of the 46th anniversary of my birth, I present 46 things I want:

1. A time machine
2. A full vertical collection of all Stony Hill Chardonnays
3. A wine cellar with a couch in it
4. A doubling in Fermentation's readership
5. A national policy on wine direct shipment laws
6. A fig tree
7. A 1963 Warres port
8. A marching band playing happy birthday using wine glasses and spoons.
9. A new collection of heavy bottomed tumbler glasses
10. One week in Burgundy
11. One week in Mexico
12. Massive coverage of the winners of the American Wine Blog Awards
13. To Try a 100 year old Cognac
14. A seat with my name on it at the Campbell Apartment
15. Bliss
16. To see a regular wine column in the New Yorker
17. 10 acres and a long winding road.
18. A champagne dinner for two, in July, at night, in the middle of a vineyard
19. A new hound puppy.
20. A new hound puppy that can be trained to mix drinks.
21. To host a dinner party with Alice Feiring, Robert Parker, Randall Grahm, Steive Heimoff and Dan Berger
22. Making a living by just blogging (a good living)
23. A two hour televised debate on the utility of the 3-tier system
24. A gift of the URL: fermentation.com
25. The same linens they use at the Waldorf
26. A box of Butera Lonsdales
27. A couple cases of Roederer Estate
28. A huge turnout for the next Wine Bloggers Conference
29. Dinner with Gore Vidal—before it's too late.
30. An office with 4 TV screens built into the wall
31. My own wine brand to market and sell—"Fermentati"
32. The elimination of all ants within 1 mile of my home
33. A meal cooked for me by Michele Anna Jordan, Nancy Oakes and Elizabeth Falkner
34. A small, compact, antique bar that opens to reveal countless bourbons for my home
35. A regular byline in a print publication
36. A way to peruse 200 more blogs than I already do each day, but in the same amount of time
37. X-Ray Vision (to inspect older wines—get your minds out of the gutter‚
38. To attend the Wine Writers Symposium in 2010
39. To find my tickets to the April McCoy Tyner concert.
40. A massage
41. Enough Dry Rose to fill a tub
42. A cocktail named after me
43. Self Distribution in every state in the country
44. To sit in a barber chair and have my face shaved by a pro
45. My own tuxedo (42-short)
46. 46 more years.

31 Responses

  1. Randy - February 20, 2009

    Happy birthday, Tom! Let’s hope your around for at least 46 more.

  2. TrevR - February 20, 2009

    Great list! 🙂 Happy B-Day!

  3. Mike Veseth - February 20, 2009

    Happy Birthday, Tom! Hope you get all your wishes. (Let me know how that X-ray vision thing works out.)

  4. Thomas Pellechia - February 20, 2009

    I love 6, 16, 25, and 19.
    6: I have three fig trees growing and six waiting seedlings waiting to sprout–and I’m in the Finger Lakes. What are you waiting for?
    16. I once wrote the editor a letter about that, after they had Gopnik write a snarly column about wine and getting drunk.
    25. It’s the starch.
    29. Yeah, me too.

  5. Jeff - February 20, 2009

    Regardless to whether or not you get a massage for your birthday, I wish you a happy ending to your day!

  6. Thomas Pellechia - February 20, 2009

    I like 6, 16, 25, and 29
    6. What are you waiting for? I’ve got three fig trees and a bunch of seedling, and I live in the Finger Lakes!
    16. I once wrote the editor a letter about that, after a Gopnik article appeared regarding wine and drunkenness.
    25. It’s the starch.
    29. Me, too.

  7. Thomas Pellechia - February 20, 2009

    Geez, having a bear of a time posting on this site today, and as you see, my post is there twice, with an error in the first one.

  8. Dave Ball - February 20, 2009

    That all sounds reasonable. Let’s close our eyes and click our heels three times.
    Seriously, I think you gotta be well on your way to a regular byline in a publication. Surprized that hasn’t already been offered.
    And go buy yourself a professional shave- one small affordable luxury
    Dave Ball
    Calicaro Wine

  9. Ginny, Trey and Hayley - February 20, 2009

    Happy Birthday Thomas!!!

  10. Fredric Koeppel - February 20, 2009

    Doesn’t “bliss” encompass everything on the list? I hope you get some of it. Lordy, you’re still a youngster! Happy B’day.

  11. Alfonso - February 20, 2009

    38 – definitely next year.

  12. Tom Wark - February 20, 2009

    Someone outta slap you!!! But it won’t be me.

  13. Gretchen - February 20, 2009

    We had the ’63 Warres and a ’63 Fonseca…. We enjoyed them on my husbands birthdays… he is a ’63 boy too.
    May all your wishes come true. Happy Birthday!

  14. Ian - February 20, 2009

    As another child of ’63, I hope you were able to enjoy the vintage ports when they were more affordable. I wonder what you would have thought of this list when you turned 18.
    Have a Happy Birthday Tom.

  15. Chief Lab Morale Officer - February 20, 2009

    Champagne in your honor at the Lab today!
    Many happy returns on the day.
    best, J David

  16. Sonadora - February 20, 2009

    Natal Tidings.

  17. Christian Miller - February 20, 2009

    21. To host a dinner party with Alice Feiring, Robert Parker, Randall Grahm, Steve Heimoff and Dan Berger.
    No knives at the place settings, methinks…

  18. Anneliese - February 20, 2009

    If you were a ship, I’d say you’re listing, but instead I’ll say:
    Happy Birthday!

  19. Sergey - February 20, 2009

    Happy birthday from Russian professional wine lover, Tom!

  20. Dirty - February 21, 2009

    #20 “A new hound puppy that can be trained to mix drinks.”
    Now that would be the life!
    Happy Birthday!

  21. wine blog - February 21, 2009

    One week in Mexico.
    You`re best one 🙂

  22. Arthur - February 21, 2009

    In Poland, we say “Sto lat” on birthdays – which means, literally, “a hundred years” (the “wishing you” is implied).
    So my friend, Sto Lat!

  23. el jefe - February 21, 2009

    I’m confused by #23. Seems to me you’d have them KO’d in the first 10 minutes!
    I would be happy to share my fig tree with you – you may come and visit it anytime!
    Have a happy! – j

  24. KenPayton - February 21, 2009

    The great pleasure of being 53 is that I got 7 more wishes!
    Cheers, Tom.

  25. Dylan - February 21, 2009

    Don’t sell yourself short with wish number 46. 92 is a great age but it lacks that supercentenarian quality which you seem to possess.

  26. mydailywine - February 22, 2009

    Should have known you were a fellow Piscean. I recognize the dreaminess, hedonism and ambition, all wrapped up in one beautiful package.
    Happy Bday Tom.

  27. Jean Wilson - February 22, 2009

    Tom – this is my first time visiting your blog. Happy Birthday (just a little late). Will definitely have to put you in my favorites so I can keep up with your postings.
    From one wine lover to another – Jean

  28. Oscar Quevedo - February 23, 2009

    Happy Birthday Tom.
    I would say in the next twelve months at least 1/3 of your wishes will be fulfilled!

  29. JohnLopresti - February 23, 2009

    computer said post again:
    “Being in a hurry to get to my next birthday, a typically American sense of life’s pace, I found the bloglist had one suggestion which after some thought seemed feasible in our times of ‘changed’ directions in politics: viz., item 23, televising a 3-tier system pros cons debate. If congress decides to hold a hearing on that idea, Tom could publish what is getting known in the cybermedia world as a liveblog of the event. Some of the keys are to post the videostream address as you begin the liveblog session so visitors to your site can passthru to view the proceedings simultaneously; also, posting a youtube of the event for later reference can help with re-play of key testimony, which also helps reveal how committeemembers help the experts with testimony, or how they employ parliamentary tricks to keep the testimony from treading on their benefactors’ bailiwicks. As a quicker way to reveal what congress might muddle in a hearing, we might suggest the administration screen a few wine judges as candidates for the US Supreme Court. There are several sorts of judges. I thought of suggesting dogshow judges be part of the vetted list of nominee prospects, but that would be perhaps inappropriate. There have to be some excellent dressage judges available, as well. Ideas for change.”

  30. Dombeya Wines - February 23, 2009

    Making a living out of blogging…now there’s a goal! Let us know when you get there 🙂

  31. Vino Vangelist - February 26, 2009

    What a great list. Like you take the whole business of drinking and blogging about wines very seriously. Hope you are granted another 46 years to try out all the wines you want to.

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