Los Angeles, CAUSA 90049
April 29, 2013
Wine is my way to learn about the world, with its sense of place and artistry. Currently, I have about 1,000 bottles, mostly from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Argentina. But I don't collect to collect; I collect to consume, and this group seems a great place to share. I love the ambiance of wine country and its people. My vacations often are oriented around wine tasting and food. I hope to preserve small, independent vintners against the onslaught of acquisitions by corporate conglomerates that I'm seeing more and more. I have written a blog called Vine Vignettes and have recently embarked on the wine sales business. I don't really know what I'm doing on the sales side, but I'm hoping my marketing and communications background helps.
How to check off my "bucket list" of making great friends and having some memorable adventures so that I have no regrets when I close out my bill. While this answer seems a little pithy, my recent life experiences (being laid off after 11+ years, having a major heart attack) have prompted me to seriously consider my purpose here. I have a passion for travel, food, wine, and stimulating conversation; there are a lot of places I want to go and faces I want to meet. If I can't do it all literally, I can at least do it vicariously. I want to learn where others have been and what they've done.
Wine has a way of opening up all sorts of interesting conversations, and this could be a great way to get out of the house. I am intrigued to learn more about other people's tastes in wine and food and travel, as well as sharing my perspective. My buddy and I traveled to Mendoza, the hotbed of the Argentine wine industry, and I have a number of tips on visiting that region. Plus, I am a big proponent of the wineries we have in our backyard, in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. Wish I could say the same about Temecula, but maybe it's gotten better than I remember. I love Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa and the Willamette Valley, too, but am always looking for new places to stay, eat and drink.
A fellow serious wine drinker who used to be the COO of the company where I worked for 11+ years. She always had my back. Sadly, she resigned a bit more than a month before I got my walking papers. It's all good, I suppose, but I would like to have left under my own steam. Watching "Up in the Air" hit home, even while I was still employed, not thinking at the time that I could have been one of its sad story lines. But, you never know, do you? So, rather than look backwards and risk bumping into things, I'm trying to forge ahead and use my ouster as an opportunity to find true passion in life and work, in that order. I have been fortunate enough to save enough to be able to survive what could have been a disaster. Now, it's just the minor matter of redefining myself.
There's more to life? Oh, yeah, how about travel, living abroad, good causes, environmental preservation, best bed and breakfasts, best small towns that still have enough going on not to be boring? I not only give out my full name, but, as you can see from the forgoing, I also sometimes give out more information than is wanted, so my discomfort is not a problem. Please do let me know, though, if I say anything that makes you uncomfortable.
I was a white collar worker for 30+ years when I had my "Up In The Air" moment absent George Clooney. Since then, I have been a marketing consultant, recently starting a wine website to promote smaller, independent wineries: www.TheWineAdvisors.com.
This was our inaugural meeting, so there is the customary getting to know you awkwardness, but Jim (our leader) is very charismatic, brought wonderful wines, and took care of all of the incidentals like reservations, corkage waiving, etc., which my wife really appreciated, as I did.