In May, I was told I would be sent on a trip to the Salentein winery in Argentina courtesy of Palm Bay International. I was elated. A date was set for the end of August, but was then pushed back to the first week of September (which I couldn’t make due to two weddings). I … Continue reading Argentina!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DFsBcVMDA Some of the earliest memories I have are of my brother. I remember living in Pacifica, hammering on his drum set like a 3-year-old god of rock and listening to Rush so often that some of my first coherent statements were the opening lines to Tom Sawyer. I can recall the first time I … Continue reading Boozing It Up With My Brother
A few Spec's associates got together for a wine dinner at District 7 downtown last evening. The wines, in order: Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2007 Kistler McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Kistler Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 Failla Pinot Noir 2012 Jean Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrieres 1996 Les Chenes de Macquin 2007 Macauley Beckstoffer … Continue reading Sunday Wine Dinner: Return of the Kistler
I recently had the following interaction over the phone with a customer: Customer: “Hello, do you sell red wine?” Me: “Yes sir, we do.” Customer: “What kinds?” Me: “…Well, I’ve got just about everything.” Customer: “How much?” Me: “How many bottles?” Customer: “Price, how much?” Me: “From about $3 to $2,000.” Customer: “How much?” Me: … Continue reading Banfi Brunellos Are No Fool’s Gold
Here are a few things going on at the main store this week: Monday - George Dickel seminar from 6:00 to 7:30; various bottlings including the 8-year, 12-year and Rye will be showcased. Seating is limited, so RSVP to Marlo Ammons at (832) 660-0250 or email@example.com if interested. Wednesday - San Felice wine dinner; taste … Continue reading Upcoming Events
When I worked for the Chronicle, some of the Metro Desk employees would from time to time get together after their shifts for drinks. I’m reasonably sure almost every work environment fosters a need to once in a while throw a few back and commiserate with one’s peers, so I doubt this comes as a … Continue reading Celebrating a Good Cos
A big part of my job is tasting wines. Fun as it may sound, this can actually be a somewhat arduous process. Of course, 99% of the time it's a blast. Dunham Cellars is a Washington winery responsible for 6 or 7 labels in my store. Sourcing fruit from Walla Walla, Yakima and Columbia to … Continue reading Just Taste and Bear It