Category Archives: Life Balance

What Old Wino’s Do In Retirement

When I made the decision to retire it wasn’t easy.  After all I’d been doing lawyers stuff for forty-three years and as you can imagine, it pretty much defined me professionally.  What would I do with all my time? Would … Continue reading

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Life Observed Through the Bottom of a Wine Bottle

We’ve all heard the phrase “looking at the world through the bottom of a bottle”.  Well I did just that and had to be stone cold sober to pull it off. I’ve been having some fun lately using empty wine … Continue reading

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Writers Block for a Wine Reviewer

Writers block comes in a number of forms for serious writers.  It can be lack of ideas, stress, being unhappy with ones writing, or a lack of  validation (self mostly).  For a wine reviewer there can be another reason, wine … Continue reading

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My World Through Wine Glasses

I’ve always been a fan of Alice In Wonderland and I find a bit of whimsy in looking at things through the distortion of the bottom’s of bottles of all sorts, especially wine bottles with their really curvy bottoms.  Today … Continue reading

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The Weekly Wine for February 28, 2016

Jeff Stai’s (El Jefe to those that know him) Twisted Oak Winery produces some of my favorite wines created with an Iberian feel from old vines (grown in California) of some of the greatest varietals  of Spain  and Portugal.  This … Continue reading

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Sulfite Free Wine Anybody, Not!

What’s with the sulfites in wine?  In any number of forums I follow this question comes up over and over again.  Yesterday I saw a post  by a friend Anna Salinas that referred to Wines.com TV: Rob Moshein’s piece on … Continue reading

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A Conversation with a Great Bottle of Wine

Preamble: I’ve been writing all my life and constructing this blog for several years now. To challenge myself and the status quo I am trying to change up some of my presentation styles. I’ve never seriously written in the third … Continue reading

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Why Can’t I get the Wine I like Where I live?

Wine is complicated and believe it or not still hostage, to a degree in certain states, to Prohibition era legislation.  The whole process gets further complicated by the messy relationship between State and Federal laws about import, export and interstate … Continue reading

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The Musings of a Busy LIfe — Making Time for Wine

It has been tough to find writing time these past few weeks, as making a living has gotten in the way of my passion for writing and wine. I know that some people actually make a living writing blogs, but … Continue reading

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Wine for the Common Man — A Historical Perspective

Wine for the masses has a long history dating back to before the birth of the modern world when it serve as both a beverage with food, as a major medicinal cure all and many ceremonial purposes.  The early evidence of … Continue reading

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