Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Nov 11, 2018

Bourbon, Wine and a Toast

On Veterans Day, I toast my father. Second Lieutenant. Geroge T. Wark fought in World War II. He was born in 1919. He died in 1979 when I was 16 years old. Cancer. But, were he still alive at 99 years old and were we to be sitting together with his grandson Henry Geroge, his daughter in law Kathy and myself, he’d surely raise a glass with me. We in honor of him; he in honor of his comrades in…

Nov 6, 2018

Wine Blogs That Ask Us to Wear New Shoes

Inside the wine blogging community, we find a good number of folks who try hard, who work to refine their style, who expose themselves as they work their way through the wine cannon and those who work hard and rise to the top. Then there are those wine bloggers who have succeeded in doing all these things, have gathered a dedicated audience, have gained a great deal of respect and who have chosen to use their self-built forum to expose…

Oct 31, 2018

A Napa Valley Halloween — Without the Wine Traveler

Of course, the best Halloweens I ever experienced were when I was a child. What else can I say? I’m thinking about 8 or 9 years old. Around 1970. The candy companies hadn’t figured out “minis” yet. And the idea of razor blades in candy apples or spiked popcorn balls were Halloween tales kids told each other just to mess with each other. It didn’t happen. It all added up to big candy bars (parents would buy as many big, fat…

Oct 25, 2018

Napa vs Oregon Wine Country: Coppola Edition

News that the Coppola family of Napa and Sonoma winery fame purchased the Vista Hills Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley shouldn’t be a real surprise. While there isn’t an exodus to Oregon among California winemakers, there certainly is a turning north in winemakers’ investment view. The Vista Hills Vineyard is a pretty prime spot. Located in the Dundee Hills AVA and situated next door to Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene, the 42 acres of vineyard and tasting room and winery…

Aug 13, 2018

I’ll Have the Riesling With My Colonoscopy, Please

Tom: Hi, this is Tom Wark. I was calling about my colonoscopy scheduled for Wednesday. Nurse: Yes, we have you for 10:30. Did you get the prep from the pharmacy? Tom: Yes, that’s all taken care of but I had a question. It says a liquid diet the 24 hours in advance. Nurse: Yes. Tom: Does that include white wine…Riesling in particular?  Nurse: As a matter of fact it does. In fact, you can have red wine too. Tom: Really?!!??…