Last week I met a woman who was 22-23 years old and got really excited when she learned I was a winemaker. She thought wine was really cool, but always felt intimidated by the whole procedure/tradition/ritual of ordering wine at a restaurant, especially when she was dining with someone important. So, I gave her theseContinue reading

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Happy Palindrome Week! Writing is hard. As an adult, creating has become more difficult for me than consuming. Maybe there is something there because of the pressure I put on the product I create. I want to be able to naturally create things that are as good as the professionally made things I am consuming.Continue reading

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wonderful book and fast read. Even growing up in California, I can see some of my hillbilly roots through the eye of this book. It is a beneficial read for anyone interested in theContinue reading

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A lot of Facebook posts have been going around about a new article that has named the micro-generation from 1977–1983. This micro-generation has a few interesting things that make it distinct from the generations that are on both sides of it -Gen X-ers and Millennials. Each of these two generations has their identified properties accordingContinue reading

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This week was the 10th Anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. And like many of the other folks of my generation, our lives were forever changed by the Wizarding World the J. K. Rowling created. One way to celebrate the anniversary of this fabulous influence in our lives and the wonders ofContinue reading

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With tomorrow being Father’s Day, my family is prepping for some pretty awesome BBQing. And one of my dad’s favorites is an old recipe that my aunt found in a magazine back in the 70s. I can just imagine those photos -sprig of parsley on the side?! Anyway, this is a really simple BBQ dishContinue reading

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Identity in the wine industry can be a straightforward and yet muddled thing. Especially in regards to personal identity. I am a winemaker. I’m a vintner. I’m a lab tech, and a cellar rat. But really each person wears a lot of hats. I think this is true for anyone who is not in aContinue reading

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Sometimes the dishes that get thrown together simply from what you have in your fridge (sometimes trying to use things before they go bad) can be awful and other times it can become a new favorite. This recipe falls into the later category. I shouldn’t have been surprised when it became a fast favorite ofContinue reading

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The other day, I went into a new wine and cheese bar with a fun name, some bright and cheerful décor, and some decent wines. The food menu was in need of a few small dishes that were veggie heavy, but otherwise it was a smart and well done menu. Their wine list however wasContinue reading

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Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention. Here I am using invention loosely because I’m sure this has been done before, but it’s new to me. I’m home at my folks place this morning for a dear family friend’s funeral, and with everyone headed every which way to get things done before we headContinue reading

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