Friday, September 26, 2008

Next Generation Vets for Obama

Words, Words, Words


It could only last a moment anyway. I've come up for air. And I have WORDS... Check out The Wine Hub where I guest blog! Cool new site...for people passionate about wine...do I know any other kind?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Comfort: It Sucks to be sick!

But thank Dionysus, or whom ever you choose...for my Twitterati! Yes, you! Thank you. I now will sing your praises.

It's pretty basic; in my misery, I sent out a Tweet asking: "
Ok...what cocktail helps fight off a cold?" Now, I fully expected to be teased or more likely, even, ignored. MY mom certainly wouldn't suggest a cocktail for a cold! But none of the above is what happened...instead, I got a list of delightful suggestions. And damn it, if it wouldn't cure my cold, at least I could find come COMFORT in the interim. Both in the cocktails & in the tweeps over my CrackBerry.

Now, like many of you, I am a professional drinker. No problem, just discretion, judiciousness. I'd rather have one $100 bottle of bordeaux blend than several of anything else. I know what I like, and curious about what I don't know & am committed to finding the best...whatever...in every city I visit. I'm also committed to running, diving (yes, SCUBA) and my friends & family...so yes, there's a balance.

But to the question at hand: What cocktail helps fight off a cold?

Here's what you, my Tweeps, sent me:

1.
@1winedude said: "When I was in Russia, they gave me vodka with pepper in it. It only makes u forget for a few mins. that u have a cold... "

2. @winebratsf said: "hot whisky!"

3. @MustLoveWine said: "when we were kids mom used to warm up orange juice & add scotch & honey. Maybe it just put us to sleep to help her cope. :P

4. He then followed that with: "
I think any booze will suffice :)"

And maybe my favorite:

5.
From @LisaAdamsWalter: "VERY cold, VERY bubbly, VERY dry champagne! :)"

I tried the one with OJ, but accidentally substituted Brandy...ack! I was a little fuzzy as well. Only got a few sympathetic stares in the grocery store. It was definitely NOT a pretty outing. Yum...yum, and a soft could of rest for the OJ, Brandy, Honey! Wow! I LOVE home remedies. So I'm thinking of working my way through each one over the next few nights as I recover. I have turned a corner. And even if the above "medicine" isn't the cure, it's kinda like the "Tea Mind" ... a ritual, a moment with yourself...no, not that kind of moment with yourself, just a rest, a toast, if you will, if not to the love of cocktails, then to remembering how much you appreciate being healthy, so you can drink more cocktails.


Who says technology in impersonal!

Thanks, Tweeps.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

California Wine: 30 Seconds of Wine 2.0 Live from New York City

California Wine: 30 Seconds of Wine 2.0 Live from New York City

30 Seconds of Wine 2.0 Live from New York City

Wine 2.0 featuring Gary Vaynerchuk at Webster Hall in the Village marked the East Coast's debut of the convergence of Wine & technology. What a fortuitous blend. Techno-philes' brilliance met the savvy social skills of the wine set and discoveries abounded.

The fabulous old theatre hall hosted 40+ HD screens featuring wine video content from previous Wine 2.0 events, Hahn Estates Winery (that's us!) & others. Sponsors also hosted wine related web sites including the Twitter Taste Live...an online texting community. You have to see it to believe it. It is very cool.

Here's what it looked like:





Wine 2.0 Rocks the California Wines in New York CITY


If you're a winery or have anything to do with selling wine, you had better know about the web. And I mean more than just e-mail. Because right now, there are hoards of tech-savvy 20 & 30 somethings who LOVE wine almost as much as they love technology.

So if you're not optimizing, twittering & friend-ing people on LinkedIn, FaceBook or Wine 2.0, AND following TTL (aka Twitter Taste Live ...for wine & tech geeks alike), you may as well be...under a rock. But I suppose if you're reading this, you've been acquainted with the Social Media platform. It is here to stay in a BIG way.

Find out more NOW.


View my page on Twitter Taste Live


Everything 2.0 ...for 4 Eyes


I'm getting round (John Lennon-like) glasses. I'm actually due for the check up & need to replace my current glasses...I'm blogging about glasses because the shape of glasses, particularly, rectangular glasses are currently all the rage. The network & cable news stations are talking about them. Tina Fey & Lisa Loeb is wear them...and the manufacturers in Japan are slammed with orders (according to a story by ABC) for the style of glasses now made famous by Sarah Palin. Did I mention they were made in Japan? At $375 a pair.

I'm getting round glasses. My glasses will also be made in America. You probably don't care about the shape of my glasses...but the point is actually about a statement. Our fashion, the food we eat, the wine we drink, the car we drive, the politics we support... all billboards for who we are. So now, my glasses will be too. Not just representative of "smart" or "librarian", or, god-help me, MILF. The traditional (& some non-traditional) stereotypes. But I like circles. Round is the perfect shape. Spherical, like our planet. Reminiscent of one of the planet's most monumental musicians of the 20th century, (John Lennon). Our irises & pupils are round. And frankly, and most importantly, they aren't rectangular.

When you see me walking down the street, if you notice my glasses, you might remark, "those are round...not at all rectangular. I thought rectangles were IN!?" That's because I am at the opposite end of the spectrum politically from Sarah Palin, and I'd like to look that way. Fashionable, put together & sophisticated...with some independent thinking while I'm at it... Ms. Palin is bad for women, bad for government, & bad for our country.

I'm getting round glasses this week. And while I'm at it, I think those glasses will be pink.