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Tarzan has great abs

The Ab Dilemma

I was driving the kids to school one cold, foggy morning, when my daughter announced, “I have something I want to say.” Sometimes, this is the six-year-old version of, I’m not sure exactly how to tell you this, but… and sometimes it’s her way of trying to shut her older sister up for just one freaking moment so she can get a word in edgewise.

Wine from Napa and Sonoma and Healdsburg

Why I Am – Errr – What I Am Drinking For Thanksgiving

2016 Yao Family Wines Napa Valley Brut Sparkling Wine. Pairs With: Seafood appetizers; caviar; assorted cheeses; the deep-seeded loathing that occurs as a result of the inevitable self-inventory you take during the holidays. Why does every party start with champagne? Because it makes everything festive and larger… Read More »Why I Am – Errr – What I Am Drinking For Thanksgiving

Livermore valley red wine

Five Things The 2014 Rubino Estates Primitivo Has In Common With My 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

1. They’re Both Red: The 2014 Rubino Estates Primitivo is red. So is my car. One might end it at that, but the color of wine is not considered an objective quality. The Complete Wine Color Chart shows the 36 unique color states of red, white,… Read More »Five Things The 2014 Rubino Estates Primitivo Has In Common With My 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

vineyards in napa valley in autumn

The First Ten Pages of Pairs With: Life

I originally posted tis in November of 2017, after I’d started working on the full-length, novelized version of Pairs With: Life. A year-and-a-half later, I decided to update it with the final version of the first ten pages. I hope you enjoy!

napa fire of 2017 in Rutherford

Napa, One Week Later

How are we going to mourn this? I understand the fact that we’re talking about a $1.63 Billion With a B business, and lives are inextricably intertwined with livelihoods. But people died here. Farms grown with love and passed down through generations are lost forever. Places where people lived, laughed, fell in love, got married are now ashes.

I Love You, Napa

It is 7:32pm on Monday night, October 9th, and I am sitting on my balcony, crying. I am crying because Napa is on fire. It’s on fire, it’s out of control, people are dying, and vineyards are going up in flame. No, I don’t live… Read More »I Love You, Napa