Stories

  • Cape Town, South Africa — A Natural Beauty

    … northward back to Cape Town and through many picturesque villages. The coastline beautiful all along the way. How fortunate the residents of Cape Town are to be so close to this very large and protected wild area. There are many hiking trails and tented camps throughout Table Mountain National Park. We enjoyed dinner at Fork, a tapas-style restaurant…

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  • Early Harvest For 2014

    … as they were transitioning from dormancy to bud break. Coming further south to Santa Barbara County, and specifically, Sta. Rita Hills, Melville Winery experienced an early harvest as well. The ripening was about two weeks earlier than the average time. I happened to be at Melville in August just as the harvest was getting under way. Greg Brewer…

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  • Victoria Falls: The Smoke That Thunders

    … helicopter viewing of the falls, a walk with lions, an elephant safari, bungee jumping and zip line adventures. It was difficult to choose, but we opted for the zip line adventure. It seemed like a safer choice than the bungee jump from the Victoria Falls bridge (when a friend and Optometrist joked about the possibility of a detached retina I chickened…

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  • Clos Montmartre – A Vineyard In Paris

    …. Wine was shipped in barrels via the Seine, bottled and stored in large warehouses until being sold to parisian wine merchants and businesses. 3 – The Parc de Belleville (20th arrondissement) Planted in 1992 – 165 stocks of some Chardonnay, some Pinot noir and the rest is Pinot Meunier. Belleville was once an important and successful wine…

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  • Winemaker’s Madeleine

    … Woke up to a crisp morning after rain yesterday. The smell of Autumn is in the air. Smells at the winery are reaching their seasonal end also. Thursday I pressed off my last wine lot of the 2014 vintage, the Cabernet I’m making with Marcel that we macerated for 37 days. Completing the work of harvest usually provokes me to reflection…

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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Chianti Bottle

    … of my silent introspection- I keep thinking to myself, "this has got to be a dream, right? No. No, this is definitely not a dream. This is absolutely real. I've really, really messed up." ***** Suddenly, I find myself in a particularly notorious customer's office. There is nary a distant memory of DUI, Miami nights, or Pitbull. The mood is tense…

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