Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Feb 21, 2005

Wine Geeks Can Cause a Rash

I’ve been thinking more about the idea of how our own experiences overwhelmingly shape our response to popular culture. Again, the movie "Sideways" and my experience with it proves the right place to really explore this notion. I can not think of any other film in which a hard core, wine loving, wine geek, along with all the language, props, knowledge and ceremony that goes into being such a wine geek, is the protagonist of the story. That is to…

Feb 14, 2005

Pinot Noir, Sex and the Backseat of a 65 Corvette

It being St. Valentines Day, I was looking for just the right post, or just the right words. to tie together the day of love and wine. No matter what I did, I couldn’t think of anything except a wonderful article written a few years ago by Michele Anna Jordan for Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Sex and the Single Grape". You should read the entire article, but this excerpt gets to the heart of the matter: "Pinot noir has me in…

Feb 12, 2005

Wine, Business and Success…It’s About Trust

I try not to work on weekends, leaving these days instead for family and the home. But, when duty calls, I’m in the office. Like today. I’m preparing to give a presentation to a potential client on Monday. The art of pitching work is not something that has fast and hard rules associated with it. It is very much something you do by feel. More often than not, I find myself in the offices or the cellar of a winery….

Feb 9, 2005

Valium-Vicoden-Novacaine and Wine

A note to regular Fermentation readers. It’s possible there will be little postings today as I’m scheduled to go on a valium/vicoden/novacaine-induced binge this morning. The other possibility is that I will be posting about wine later on but it will make little sense to anyone but me, my dentist and my pharmacist.

Feb 3, 2005

Here..Try this Wine..I Made it While Smoking

Assumptions!  They usually aren’t good if you make them without the facts to back them up. I was working with a winery whose winemaker smoked. I don’t know how much. But, I saw him smoke often so I’m guessing it wasn’t a casual puff. But I really didn’t care. My advice to him was simply don’t smoke in front of people you aren’t sure smoke themselves when you are representing the winery because nothing good can come of it. I…