Tuesday, September 01, 2009. Our 20th wedding anniversary. Amazing. When I was young and single and dating, every time I would go out with a guy, I would try to imagine us in 10 years. I could never see it – even with my first husband, who is still a friend. But when I met John, and when we started dating after our ‘yenta,’ Shirley, pushed us toward each other, I could see it. I could see us in 10 years, and 20 years. And I can still see us in the future. We still have so much fun together – we make each other laugh, we share the same interests. And we drive each other crazy, too, but that’s part of the package. I can’t imagine life without him. OK, occasionally, I think it might be nice to have a separate house, but that’s just on the days when I get crazy about his pack-rat-ness.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Breakfast arrived at 8:30 and we dove in. Nice strong coffee, hot breads and fresh fruit and juice. Showered and packed because we had to go home.
Pan-Seared Sablefish w/Fennel Chowder
Maple Brined White Farms Pork Loin Stuffed with Herbs
Beef Filet Medallions w/ Caramelized Shallot & Fig Sauce
Warm Apricot and Stilton Crostada w/Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
Limited Seating So Call Soon!
I’m a history buff and little did I know, how much history is involved in this class.
The class is taught by Paul Wagner. Paul is the principal of a marketing communications agency with a no-nonsense approach to combining the strategies and tactics of marketing, public relations, advertising and graphic design to achieve the marketing goals of our clients. Blah, blah, blah….I think it’s just an excuse for him to write off trips to exotic locations to tour wineries, restaurants and rub elbows with the elite of the world’s wine regions. In all seriousness, Paul is the kind of teacher that keeps his students coming back for more. I think there are two students in this calls that are taking Cultural Appreciation of Wine for the 2nd time. I can’t say as I blame them. It’s a darn good class.
This class is a required class for those in the certificate program for Wine Sales and Marketing in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department of Napa Valley College. I’m one of those people.
Class started August 18. After a long summer off, I was glad to get back to NVC and the VWT department. The class is Tuesday nights 7-10. From previous experience, those night classes can be tough after a long day at work, but this class in particular is fascinating to me, so I think I’ll be ok.
Paul gave us a very interesting exercise on the first night of class.
The whole class, with Paul as the tour guide, took a trip through time. We stepped outside of the classroom and started out in 2009. For every 5 steps we took, went back in time a decade, and Paul told us what was happening, who was a mover and shaker of the time period and what role wine was playing in history and culture.
“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”– Benjamin Franklin
I’m not particularly religious, but that is a great quote and it says much for the impact that wine has on humankind.
Anthony Blackburn is a student at Napa Valley College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department. He is also the Student Sales and Marketing Intern responsible for selling the wines made by the students in the student winery. www.napavalley.edu/winery
What was a 1-3 times a week posting by me has morphed into the Wine 101 Magazine of SCV. When I was in Italy I asked friends, relatives, winemakers and Facebook friends to write guest posts. Then I invited non profits to send their press releases for events with wine. Of course it followed suit that I would run press also for local wine businesses and, for non-profits and businesses further out that had something different to offer readers – with an emphasis on wine.
On the left side of this blog you will notice a row of art with links for different events that I am highlighting. You can learn more about the charity each supports by clicking on any of them. Currently we have Wishes for Children Journey at Pechanga 9-18, Betty Ferguson Foundation’s Woman of Honor Dinner 9-19, Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s The Wine Affair: Sip Savor and Stroll on 9-27, The 2nd Annual TPC/West Ranch Art & Wine Gala on 10-3, All Corked Up’s International Festival, Wine for Water ongoing events and awareness for KIVA loans.
If you scroll through the SCV Wine Calendar you will also find many events to choose from. If you have an event that you know about and don’t see there please e-mail me at email@example.com
So, besides events, some one-time contributors became monthly and then weekly “staff writers”. Now let’s see who they are:
Michael Perlis provides outsourced controller services to businesses that do not need a full-time controller. He balances this with his interest in wine, reading and writing about it and, of course, drinking it. He is still trying to figure out how to combine these two pursuits. Feel free to contact him about either.
Rusty Sly is a Rocket Scientist that has an insatiable love for fine as well as unique wines. Being technical with an engineering and chemical background, he is driven to pursue all aspects about wines. His studies include, but are not limited to, wine production, chemistry, etiquette, cultures and terroir. His motto to everyone is to look for and try wines that are unique and different.
Steve Lemley, from the SCV Vintners and Growers Association, sends updates on Pulchella Winery that he owns with Nate Hasper. Slated to be Santa Clarita’s first commercial winery and tasting room…could be excellent news!
Denise Lowe has been collecting and learning about wine for many years, and there is nothing about which she is more passionate. She is a certified Junior Wine Executive through LearnAboutWine (www.LearnAboutWine.com), and is now teaching classes as a Senior Educator at LearnAboutWine. Denise also hosts guided, in-home wine tastings through WineShop at Home, a bonded Napa winery (www.denisemlowe.com).
Stories in Photos Readers send one or two photos and they are highlighted on the top o’ the blog and slowly scroll down the page. If you have 3 or more they are then placed as a blog post. Some are professional photographers; some amateur. All are worthy of a view.
Guest Poster might be a wine bar proprietor, winery owner, or any reader that wants to leave more than a short comment. It’s your blog…tell me what you want or write it yourself: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eve Bushman I love putting non-profit events in the limelight, receiving your press releases, keeping up with the awesome array of tastings and talent. Seeing the wine world through my 101er eyes…well…has been an awesome ride so far. Thanks for taking the trip with us so far!