“I love it when a plan comes together.” An infamous line from an 80s TV show us dorky high school guys loved to quote. In case you’re wondering, it was the A-Team. And the character who said it was Hannibal Smith. I’m finding my groove at PS, though I’ve a lot more to digest before my new boss, Mary, heads out to my favorite wine region, Washington State, to participate in the 2012 Road Trip WA Wine. It’s a cool travelling shindig that let’s you hang out with some of Washington’s top winemakers. She’s gonna have a blast.
Meanwhile, our badass wine staff is firing up the social media machine with our SM exec Tiernan Hogan back from sabbatical. Another step in our plan for total global domination has been taken…
Wine Reviewed: 40 wines, 2 beers and 2 spirits
Wine of the Weeks: There were a lot of AMAZING wines but for me, those Domaine Eden reds kicked major ass!
Good news in the wine biz: My boss’ trip to WA comes on the heels of Washington State declaring this vintage almost perfect! Plus Michel Rolland joins forces with Montesquieu Wines and Water to Wine to aid in efforts to provide clean water in Africa.
Bad news in the wine biz: What Happened to New Zealand Pinot Noir?… it is definitely weird that NZ PN has pretty much evaporated on the shelves. Lettie Teague examines this fairly ignored category here in the U.S.
Disturbing news in the wine biz: The French can be so testy when it comes to foreigners buying vineyards.
On the homefront: I am still adjusting to a more regimented schedule at work, which is good, believe me. My wife is slowly noticing the difference, though I am still shifting into a-hole mode more than I should. But it’s coming down.
I’ve been a lot less stressed as of late, and I have renewed my ambition to take the CWE (certified wine educator) and CS (certified sommelier) tests next year. (NOTE: I had planned to take the CWE this month but my recent life change put that on hold until next year, definitely.) I’ve been thinking of going back to restauranting, serving part-time to get my on-premise groove back, and as my old cover band talks about a reunion (it’s been over 20 years since the original five of Perfect Tommy played together), I have been contemplating picking up my microphone and singing again. This time, no talk of record deals – just going out to have fun, sing some songs, and get back on stage again.
Who knows? This OND season promises to be busy, crazy, but a helluva lot of fun. And no driving a beat-up Chester van around town this time!
What is on my playlist?: Lacuna Coil, Joe Bonnamassa, Oranthi, Halestorm, Ten Years, Tedeschi-Trucks
What wine(s) is (are) impressing me right now at the store?: Leonetti Sangiovese 2009, Cadence Coda 2008, Cousino-Macul Sauvignon Gris 2010, Marques de Murrieta Finca Ygay 2005
Recommended reads, blog or otherwise: Just wine mags.
What’s on tap for this week?: More tales from the Fabulous Maher Boys, some off site tastings, a visit from our friend Antonio from Altos las Hormigas, and kicking off Party Source’s new Friday in the Aisle Tastings! Total domination, yo!