HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!
FIRST – Recent Forbes articles I’ve published include:
Highlights of a recent visit to the USA, and sampling of various wines, are below.
Santa Barbara California – Sampling wines with friends Anne and Bill. Last time we met was for an extravagant wine tasting at their home 10 years ago. This gathering was smaller but wonderful. Notice the wines include one from Colorado, one from Barossa in Australia and a European beauty.
Napa Valley, California – Days spent with friends Heather, Brant and Karen at their Rutherford home. They are friends with the Rombauer familly, who this year sold their winery to E&J Gallo. But their Chardonnay still tastes stellar! The ‘Volunteer’ label is a reasonably priced wine made by volunteer firefighters in Napa Valley.
Next, a barbecue with winemaker Chris Phelps and his family in Rutherford. Chris is not only consulting winemaker for Inglenook (owned by the Francis Ford Coppola family) but produces his own Ad Vivum and Coil labels. All are excellent. His son Josh also produces a range of delicious wines under the Grounded Wine label.
Vashon Island in Washington State –
Visited friend Andreas and his partner Suzanne. Vashon Island produces some excellent wines. We sampled with scallops sauteed in garlic. Amazing.
THIRD – Twice in the past five years I’ve had a ‘Dry January’ combined with pre-dawn running sessions. These resulted in my losing between 5 and 6 kilograms (12 and 15 pounds) and also getting into decent shape rapidly.
The Facebook posts from 2019 and 2021 are here. It’s likely time to do this again …
Thanks all. Get ready for a colorful 2024!