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Back from Portland

I came, I saw, I drank a lot of Pinot Noir. Last week the 2012 Wine Bloggers’ Conference was held in Portland, Oregon. This was my second time to attend the conference, the first having been the 2010 conference in Walla Walla. WBC12, as the attendees referred to the conference, was a fantastic mixture of fellowship, education, and party. I [...]

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I’ll Do It My Way

The last several months, (probably the last year is really more accurate) my blog has been a mess of fits and starts, with the fits generally outweighing the starts (or maybe it’s the other way around.) I’m going to level with you all here; the truth is that I’ve been fucking bored. The story of my descent into boredom is [...]

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Back in the Saddle Again

Well, as you can see, the switch-over to the new site design is not in place yet. I have been having some issues with getting my hosting set up, but I am ready to start back to normal posting. The new site will hopefully be up soon, but in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and get started with [...]

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A Brief Hiatus (sort of)

I hope that everyone had a very happy holidays, and that you all got what you wanted from Santa this year. Now comes the short gear up to New Years, and locating the perfect bottle of bubbly for your NYE party. I love this time of year. I have had a few people ask me what was up with my [...]

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Jumping Into the Business World

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that there have been some major changes in my world recently. Several months back I announced that I had decided to pursue my dream to move into the wine industry, which was followed by a job search trip out to California, and then eventually my wife and I [...]

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What I’m Thankful For

I’m going to be dropping off the map over the Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to post a quick little note of thanks. I’m actually composing this post on my iPhone from the road, so don’t expect anything too fancy, or even correctly spleed (or spelled). First of all, I’m thankful to all of you have read my lowly little [...]

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I Give VinTank a Badge!

Okay, so last week was so ridiculously busy that Friday came and went without my usual installment of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I was traveling pretty much non-stop from Wednesday on last week, and I just ran out of time to get it done. If I had produced my usual post, there is one item from last [...]

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Movember Update – I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Prizes

So my little Movember project has gotten off to a somewhat slower start than I was hoping for. I have discovered that the possible injury to my person that my wife has threatened is apparently not enough to encourage my dear readers to donate, although I do thank the two awesome people who cared enough about my wine lovin' carcass [...]

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’

The last month has seen a lot of changes taking place with my friends in the wine community. I've been falling down on the job in covering these items individually, so I've decided to take this opportunity to post an update on the goings-on. Some of these are just news about new endeavors, and some are developments that will be [...]

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Pissing Off My Wife to Fight Prostate Cancer

There aren't many charitable endeavors that would make my wife say, "What? Why?" When I told her about becoming involved in them, but I found one. This month, I am joining the Movember movement. "What is this 'Movember' you speak of?", you might be asking yourself. Well, let me tell you. Movember is a movement that started in Australia, where [...]

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