My 2010 Drinking Buddies List

Drinkingbuddies The term "Drinking Buddies" probably doesn't have one standard meaning that everyone will accept. For example, in my case I hear "drinking buddies" and I think about those guys with whom I want to share a drink or two without launching into a coma-inducing binge. On the other hand, "Drinking Buddies" have been known to drink until they induce a coma in themselves. I've heard tell of wives that really hate their husbands "Drinking Buddies" because they take their man away from the family. And of course, I've known wives who can't wait for their husbands to go out to drink with his buddies if only to get him out of their hair.

The list that follow includes those folks who I want to share a drink with in 2010 primarily because I'm willing to bet that they will fascinate me. I'm a fan of fascination. The other common denominator amongst those on my 2010 Drinking Buddies List is that I've never met any of them.

1. Scott Beattie (mixologist/author)
I got turned on to Scott's cocktalian virtuosity through a book of his that a friend had him sign for me. Scott, who lives in Healdsburg, developed the bar program at famed Cyrus Restaurant. He got noticed for incorporating locally grown produce and agricultural products into his unique cocktails. This led to "Artisan Cocktails", the book my friend had signed for me and the book I intend to use extensively. It surely makes sense that the first person on my 2010 Drinking Buddies List would be a cocktail virtuoso.

2. President Barack Obama (President of the United States)
Just because the presidents Chicago dwelling had a 1000 bottle wine cellar in it, many people have reported that our President is a wine lover. I have my doubts. I want those doubts removed and I figure one drinking session with the President would clear them  up. But in addition, I think I could, over a few drinks, convince the president to support federalization of wine shipping laws.

3. Mel Dick (President, Southern Wine & Spirits)
I'm thinking it would be an interesting evening.

4. Michael Sandel (Political Philosopher)
Michael Sandel teaches the famous "Justice" class at Harvard where he explores different theories of "Justice" using current day political and social dilemmas. His book, "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do" is a extraordinarily accessible philosophy text. I have a lot of questions about what's the right thing for me to do these days. I wouldn't expect him to give me an answer to these questions. But I bet after a Manhattan or two, he'd be able to creatively point me down the road to answers.

5. Matt Kramer (columnist, Wine Spectator)
I've corresponded and spoken with the Wine Spectator columnist, but never actually met him. He strikes me today, as he has for quite some time, as one of the more interesting wine journalists in the land. This is best displayed today in his new (freely accessed) column at the called "Drinking Out Loud". The plan is to get Mr. Kramer looped over a couple bottles of really idiosyncratic, mountain grown Italian wine and sign him up as a pro-direct shipping advocate. Of course, the plan is also to learn a thing or two about writing and wine.

6. Butch Harmon (Golf Instructor)
If I don't learn how to stop leaving my game on the range, I'll never be able to hustle anyone on a golf course. I need help. Butch, considered the #1 golf instructor in America is just the man for the job. Now, I don't know if he drinks, but odds are he does if he's a golfer. I'm imagining a couple days of instruction then a couple nights of wine and cocktails somewhere in the vicinity of Pebble Beach should do the trick.

7. God (Deity)
My big question is just how omnipotent and omniscient this Guy (Gal? Folks?) really is. See, I've always thought that He could not be all knowing and all powerful, especially when you see some of the dastardly work done in His name all about the planet. I figure…throw back a couple with Him and it will all come out. Plus, the news will make for a good blog post, assuming I can work wine into it somehow.

8. Gore Vidal (Author)
I think Gore, the ex-pat American literary legend and sometimes cultural commentator living in Italy, would be a profoundly good drinking buddy. When you read Gore you get the impression he not only possesses fascinating secrets, but also can keep them. This is the perfect sort of drinking buddy.

15 Responses

  1. @nectarwine - December 18, 2009

    I would love to see you have the meeting with #2 and #7 at the same time. Could be some very interesting conversation!
    cheers and good luck with these
    Josh @nectarwine

  2. Russ Kane - December 18, 2009

    If you get out to Texas or if I get out to the coast, I will be glad to quaff a few new Texas wines with you, too. Something Tex-Med perhaps. Then, you can add me to your list, too 🙂
    Best regards for the holidays and a prosperous new year.Tis the season to be blogging!

  3. tom merle - December 18, 2009

    Tom: Prof. Sandel ? – who knew you knew…
    I would have invited you to join our group to hear him in Berkeley a few months ago.
    For those who aren’t aware of the popularity and wisdom of Michael Sandel you are encouraged to surf over to his TV series site where you can select an episode to watch or play on your MP3 player. They are all full of gourmet food for thought. The four minute intro video gives you a good sense of his approach.
    Also check out one of his Reith lectures given in Britain “A New Politics of the Common Good”
    And a short exchange on “What shouldn’t be sold”
    Now you are all philosophers….

  4. tom merle - December 18, 2009

    When Gore Vidal lost his companion of many years he moved to LA, making it much easier for you to travel down and hoist a few. I sure would like to join you. No more acerbic observer of the passing scenery.

  5. Tom Wark - December 18, 2009

    Tom M,
    You nail Gore Vidal. Although he tends to be a political hero to the far left, there’s no one denying that he is an great observer of our culture and certainly a formidable literary voice who I think may rank in the top 25 of most important American literary voices of the 20th century. Wouldn’t he be a great drinking buddy!!

  6. Ed - December 18, 2009

    These are some pretty deep thinkers and philosophers… very impressive list. How many bottles until it just becomes drooling, belching and laughing?
    Still would be fun either way…

  7. fredfric koeppel - December 18, 2009

    you are going to get 10,000 responses saying, “Hey, dude, why not me?”

  8. Samantha - December 18, 2009

    Hey dude, why not me?

  9. Steve Heimoff - December 22, 2009

    I am consumed with jealousy not to be on your list. I don’t mind you preferring Matt Kramer to me. But to choose God instead of me is baffling. I demand an explanation.

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