Terroir of the Heart and Soul

All the photographs are peeling and colors turn to gray, he stayed in his room with memories for days, he faced an undertow of future’s laid to waste, embraced by the loss of one he could not replace -Sad Lyrics, Pearl Jam A couple of weeks ago my father suffered a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital, and then promptly had two more of them as he was being treated. During recovery he has […]

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Chicken-napping update

There has been some movement in the case of my beloved missing chicken. The evil genius pirates that took him hostage have delivered a couple of communiques. The first was delivered as an image and is reproduced below. Can you imagine anyone thinking that was even remotely funny? Then these sick bastards sent this message: You Chicken will officially be returned to your safety by monday. In the mean time the rooster’s will have their […]

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Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Lucky for us, the Inn at Occidental offers a fabulous gourmet breakfast every morning from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. I had spotted a sign when we’d arrived the night before that said breakfast was served downstairs from the reception area. And we could almost taste the applewood bacon as we walked through the second floor of the house and made our way down two flights of stairs to the dining area. French doors provide entry directly from the handicapped parking area, for those who aren’t able to navigate the stairs.

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Another Wine Byte 10: For the Love of Parker?

Let’s face it; Robert Parker does have influence — and it’s huge. Wineries and wine makers care about Robert Parker because he is King Maker. And all the traditional writers want to talk about the numbers. What number did Parker give the wine? Because if Parker doesn’t like your wine, and gives you a “bad number” the traditional writers aren’t going to suggest that people buy your wine. And that, my friends, is very bad for business. But, what about the consumers? Frankly, OMG I am about to commit a sacrilege here: some wine drinkers do not care what Robert Parker thinks. In fact, many a casual wine drinker does not even know who Robert Parker is!

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American Wine Bloggers’ Conference Heats Up

As a result of the success of the first North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference in October 2008, Open Wine Consortium and Zephyr Wine Adventures have again teamed up for the 2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, set for July 24-26. While last year’s conference featured wines and wineries primarily from Sonoma County, this year’s conference has been expanded to include Napa County vintners and wineries. Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa will again play host […]

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Winery run by autistic workers

My first instinct when I see a story like this is to think that someone is exploiting people less fortunate than themselves, but that does not appear to be the case. The wine maker left a great job in Napa to make wine in  Japanese and to help autistic students, and from this video, it appears that he has done exactly that. Embedded video from <a href=”http://www.cnn.com/video” mce_href=”http://www.cnn.com/video”>CNN Video</a>

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