Clos Pegase, Napa Memories

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From the Digital Journal, August 21, 2013, “Vintage Wine Estates Purchases Clos Pegase Winery.”  And in the Wine Spectator, “Napa’s Clos Pegase Sold.”

I have a fondness for this winery.  In my early wine sojourns and education, this was an true find.  The fine architecture of the facility, and fine art throughout, made it a special experience.

And the wines were wonderful in my price range, an early entrant into the market for oaky-buttery Chardonnays, especially “Mitsuke’s”, named for the wife of the founder and owner, Jan Schrem.

But the most phenomenal experience came one New Year’s in the early 2000s, when I attended a party inside the caves of the facility.  What a sight!  A long aisle with tables for 8, each with candelabras and lighted candles, totaling probably 15-20 tables.  On both sides of the aisles were aging barrels of wine.  The food was fantastic, everyone was dressed beautifully, and as the evening went on, the noise level elevated with laughter–wine tends to do that to people.

To cap the evening, in a far corner of the caves was a small amphitheater, where a band began to play, encouraging the early dancers.  As the countdown to the New Year took place, the dance floor was in high gear, with hats and duck callers.  Easily one of the most memorable New Year’s Eve celebrations of my life.

I had the opportunity to attend again a few years later.  The candelabras with lighted candles were replaced by ice sculptures on each table.  Turned out the burning candles raised the temperature in the cellar beyond what was acceptable.

The second time was memorable as well, but as is often the case in life, it didn’t capture the same magic of the first time experience in those caves.

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Tim Fish On Best Temps for Wine Drinking

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Tim Fish as Dr. Vinny, blogpost on proper serving temperatures of wine. 

I’m apparently drinking my reds too warm and my whites too cold!

 

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IntoWine, “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers”

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Recent post by Michael Cervin published on IntoWine.com.

Some surprises, and of course, subjective calls.  For example, I love both Thomas Rivers Brown and Justin Smith.  To rank one at #84 and the other at #19, begs the criteria.

My first introduction to the website, www.intowine.com.  I will be bookmarking it, as it seems to be a good aggregator of wine information.

 Here is more information on Michael Cervin.

 

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James Temple from SF Chron, A Case for Global Warming

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From SF Chronicle, July 21, 2013, “No Global Warming Hasn’t Stopped and Here’s Why”

I’m not inclined to this view, but to be fair, here it is.

More analysis to follow…

 

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Obama’s Global Warming Claims, and only the crickets chirped…

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John Tamny’s piece in Forbes, July 19, 2013: “Senator Barbara Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama On Global Warming”

I think such comments by Mr. Obama, and others before him such as Mr. Gore, do more damage to the scientific case for climate change by such hyperbole, if not outright misinformation.

 

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Oops…

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Local KTVU Channel 2 recently aired what turned out to be a hoax.

From gawker.com

 

 

 

 

 

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65 Years of “Weddedness”

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From the Tracy Press, June 20, 2013

This notice of my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary celebration appeared recently in the Tracy Press.  It occurs to me that a brief historical account of selected facts is hardly testimony to what terrific parents we are lucky to have.

As I have come to learn, the real heroes in life are ‘ordinary’ people, most of whom you’ve never heard.  They are decidedly not the athletes, entertainers and politicians who dominate the media attention.

Thankfully for the four kids, grandkids, laws, in-laws and out-laws, friends, co-workers and fellow parishioners, their impact goes way beyond a brief statement of historical facts, to the heroic and unassuming examples they set.

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A CEO Crossfit Regimen

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From Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2013.

This guy is 52, the typical age for Crossfit athletes to get hurt with this regimen!

I find it interesting how often “mature” men get into this serious exercise program, only to enrich their orthopedist.

The key to getting the best from Crossfit as an adult male is to resist the temptation to be “trained” by your worst enemies: “The Guy You Used to Be”, and his really nasty cousin, “The Guy You Thought You Were”.

My advice is to think long term, not quick fix.  You actually may accomplish a quick fix, but only if you think long term.

Full disclosure, my son and two friends opened a CrossFit Studio this year.  He has tried to help me learn how to exercise and get healthy in new ways, and I’m actually liking it, though taking it in baby steps.

My constant drumbeat to Taylor’s enthusiasm to help me, “Remember, I’m not 35 anymore.  The body doesn’t bounce back like it used to.  The object here is health, not injury.”

I endorse this program, and wish I’d leaned about the principles earlier in life–but I subscribe to the philosophy of never too late.  Just take is slow, and as the cliché goes, listen to your body.

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Fay Vincent, Fatherly Advice

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From Wall Street Journal, Friday, June 14, 2013.

I love his advice about work,

If your boss or employer is not making money on you, you will eventually lose your job.  Your work has to permit him to profit on what you produce.  If you and the employer just break even you are not being properly productive.  Get to work early and stay late if necessary.

And then there is his healthy cynicism about politicians,

There is no such thing as an honest politician.  He viewed politicians with the same cynical eye he cast on doctors, lawyers and priests.  He accepted the argument there must be some good and decent ones but he was suspicious until solid facts prevailed.

I can guess what he thought about insurance people…

Fay Vincent, a former CEO of Columbia Pictures Industries and commissioner of Major League Baseball, has served as a trustee of Fairfield University, Williams College and Carleton College.

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Dr. Vinifera on Opening Older Wine Bottles

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From Tim Fish of Wine Spectator, as Dr. Vinny, June 2013

Quick answer: careful and skillful use of the Ah-So…if it starts to drive the cork down further into the neck, use the waiter’s corkscrew and work slowly.

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