Natirar Park Like all roads lead some to Rome, my roads always seem to lead me to Gladstone. This is where I grew up, and where I default to between moves (DC->Seoul / Hong Kong-> New York) as a practical reset before the next best thing. After a failed attempt at working harvest in Napa, … Continue reading Like Hunting, Like Wine
Greetings from life in the epicenter. Horizontal rain scrapped the usual morning outings; a requisite run (Covid 15 be damned) and (Max's preferred) dog walk. So I spent some quiet time in. A thought. That I'm still thinking about now; self-isolation is my 2020 version of India 2011. The perceived constant threat of danger and … Continue reading The Overwhelming Abundance of Nothing
It's been 31 days since I landed back in New York after a glorious 11 day sabbatical in Asia. Not that anyone's counting (except that I am). Without leaving home, work seems to filter into the every day, with days of the week having less relevance, and days in self-isolation more. On day 11 at … Continue reading Thunder Dragon
Shockingly, in the midst of travel hysteria, my entire process of getting to Bangkok was probably one of the most pleasant travel experiences I have had to date. In hindsight, it's precisely for just that reason. After my initial budget flight on China Eastern got canceled, I had to re-book on Etihad, which was nothing … Continue reading BKK
Nearly 10 years ago, Paul, my fiance at the time, and I spent the summer traveling India and Nepal between leaving Korea where we met, and Hong Kong where we were going to build our lives. He had a job lined up as a kindergarten teacher when we arrived in Hong Kong, and I was hopeful … Continue reading Asia: Covid-19 Style
It's been just shy of 9 months since my last post and Chris tells me I need to put some quality content out there. So what better a time than now, the day after my dear friends Craig and Julie came to visit from London. Craig is 1/2 of the reading audience of this blog, … Continue reading 262 Days.
In exactly two weeks I will sit down for my second attempt at passing the Master of Wine tasting exam. Of the three years I have been in this program, it's been this year that's been the most unnerving. The first year I was just trying to figure out what it was exactly I was … Continue reading 2 weeks.
Mondays tend to be industry days, and yesterday was no exception with a full day of wine-centric activities. Sarah joined me for some rooftop skating, where we enjoyed some 2008 Veuve Cliquot while meeting the whos who of Moet Hennessy. But the real sustenance of the day circled around Italy, which is a BIG area … Continue reading Barolo v Barbaresco
My two week jaunt to Argentina was such an unbelievably fun, illuminating, and spectacularly delicious holiday, that I am a touch overwhelmed to sit down and try to write about it. So I won't. For now. Instead, read about the ridiculousness that was the Tribeca Wine Merchants annual holiday meal. But once a year, right … Continue reading Embarrassment of Riches: The Grill
Year end happens to be the busiest time of year in wine retail, go figure, and (thankfully) never more so than this, my third December with Tribeca Wine Merchants. In 2018, instead of having quiet mornings to contemplate the last go round the sun, I was engrossed with work, guests, study, and the occasional (mentiras--> … Continue reading 2018.