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Walter Cronkite with wine

The State of The Wine Union

We’re basically returning to lockdown due to a global pandemic while our nation goes through childbirth-grade contractions as it struggles to reconcile its identity. Not much left to do except drink, watch Netflix, have sex and sleep. Maybe eat. Breathe, perhaps. Bake, apparently. Voting would be nice, too.

biker gang riding to napa

My Neighbor, The Biker: Part 1

Was I judging this guy – who’s obviously a member of my community – simply because of the way he looks? And isn’t that a huge problem with what’s going on in our society today in general? Am I really…that guy? Judge Thy Neighbor Guy? So, I decided to do what everyone does when they face a crisis of conscience: get on Google. And what I found was…unusual.

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

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

Why do men look at other women

The Wandering Eye

I was sitting at the outside bar at Farmstead in St. Helena on a gorgeous summer afternoon, when my lunch date caught me watching a woman pass by. “You are a flitterer,” she accused me. “You have a flittering eye.” I tried to pivot from… Read More »The Wandering Eye

Dating, Part Two: 37

Love is lightning that explodes with thunder without counting Mississippis. Love is chemistry and mayhem. Love is unlimited free pizza delivery by unicorn. But love is also 14 hour workdays without end. Love is changing the diaper at 4 AM when you did it at 2 AM and 12 AM