• Wine of the Day

    Napa Valley Style

    Yesterday I attended Keenan’s private party. Robert Keenan was a real estate investor in San Francisco who passed away last November. When asked to reflect on his career he said the best piece of property he ever bought was the land he bought on Spring Mountain. Spring Mountain is above St. Helena. You make a left at Madrone and a right at Spring Mountain and after about 20 minutes look for the sign on the right. Keenan is one of my favorites. GB can tell you, they’re old school. The tasting room is a barn and the juice is downstairs in the cellar. A lot of the grapes are grown…

  • Body for Life,  Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant,  Wine of the Day

    Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Executive compensation has been all over the news lately. The average CEO makes 400 times what the average employee makes. So, since my salary is exactly the same in 2007 as it was when I left Bloodless Title Company in 2000 I decided to look up our CEO compensation. He makes 160 times what I make. I’ve got thirty years experience, so I’m probably high end for him. Especially when the executives came around and gleefully clap their sweaty little hands while informing us that lots of the tasks we do are now being done in India by “engineers” who are paid $16 a day, versus what it costs to…

  • Stuck on Stupid,  Wine of the Day

    Arrowood -Russian River Valley Cote de Lune Blanc, Saralee’s Vineyard 2004

    How I found Arrowood. Right place, right time. Harry and I were going up the Sonoma side and had already been to BR Cohn (they totally rock on so many levels) and were going to stop at Imagery and their sister winery, because their wine dog is a red Doberman Pinscher. We went into Imagery and went to their reserve counter. A young man poured us a glass of godonlyknowwhat. Then the lady next to us sets down her business card. She was the Event Planner from Stag’s Leap. This guy wet all over himself babbling on ad nauseum about various areas in the Bordeaux and how those conditions mimic…

  • Wine of the Day

    Drive it like you stole it!

    In a fit of temporary insanity, The Contessa called me last Saturday night and asked for assistance retrieving his new Carrera from the Porsche dealership in Redwood City. Of course, I would help a friend in need, but I’m pretty sure I need to drive the Porsche. OK, Richard Edson is my hero and I felt like him pulling out of the dealership. So the first thing I have to do is get the thing onto Highway 101. That was just screaming scarey. The gears are so tight on that thing. We got up to San Mateo and stopped by 750ml had a beautiful DuNah Chardonney in a flight of…

  • Wine of the Day

    1998 Moss Creek Zinfandel

    Every now and then I reach into the wine fridge and pull out something that amazes me. Tonight it was the 1998 Moss Creek Zinfandel. Now, I’m no dope so if I bought it, there’s something interesting about it in the first place. This thing has probably been there longer than I’d like to admit. I don’t remember when or where I bought it. I think I got it from the little place on the right of Highway 29 just past Sequoia. Or maybe at Sequoia and it was one of those places that also marketed another winery’s product. It’s got that old wine feel. Hell, I’m drinking a 9…