In chatting with a close wine industry friend over dinner the other evening I found myself reminiscing upon my early days in the industry……. The excitement of the discovery of it all. The thrill of traipsing through the cellar of our winery before open hours, with the winemaker and oenologists and comparing barrel samples. Walking through the vineyards and discussing cover crops, pruning techniques, and picking off samples of grapes as we passed each lot, to test their sweetness while Chance the playful retriever bounded after the wild turkeys fluttering their way around the vineyards (huge pests wild turkeys just in case you wondered).… Read more
Archives for January 2015
There’s something at first liberating and then terrifying about leaving a professional employment situation to pursue either school, new training, or a personal business/idea that hasn’t yet gotten off the ground. One day you are an employed professional with a business card you can pass out to people you meet and network with, that tells them who you are (at least on paper). You have a socially explainable identity.
The next, you are someone who is on your way to the next stage of your life but hasn’t yet reached it. You can describe it and even evidence it (attending classes, showing the bare bones of that website you are building, talking about the future you are planning…) but there is still something a little discomfiting about the loss of the box worthy identity you used to be able to squeeze into your Linked in header paragraph or your elevator pitch.… Read more
There are few things in life I like better than being outdoors hiking, eating good food, or drinking good wine. I’m picky about the last two things on this list due to spending my adult life in an industry where I have been stuffed full of the best food and wine possible…. pretty much daily, but I’m trying to adjust my tastes to align the new life (and budget) I’ll have as a graduate student.
Since getting to San Luis Obispo this past week, (arriving understandably a bit nervous since I know absolutely no one here and was going to be a full time student for the first time in a decade) I’ve done pretty much nothing but exercise outdoors in beautiful areas, cook-eat good organic foods, and drink good wine.… Read more
Every year has it’s highs and it’s lows. Even though I think it’s best to focus on the positive, I believe it’s also important not to forget some of those lows that taught us a lesson, or made us a better person. If they didn’t do either of those things, well then they at least serve to remind us of how glad we are that those times are over.
I had a lot of highs and a lot of lows in 2014, and the highs for me were much bigger and more significant than the lows, although the lows were more significant than in past years.… Read more