A little over two years ago I started this blog with a certain goal in mind. Like much of my life, things took a turn and I ended up somewhere else. This blog is an unorganized mess of some of my recent life, mostly documented for the sake of myself, but also written somewhat with the reader in mind.

 

Timelines may be skewed, and there is quite a bit that I have done which has yet to be recorded. There are times when I feel a journal-style entry is appropriate, and times when I require a longer period of reflection before I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts. Additionally, I am very busy, or sometimes very unmotivated, so the blog suffers periods of drought.

 

For some, I hope my posts may encourage a leap of faith. For others, perhaps my occasional misfortunes may stray you away from deeper waters than for which you are prepared. Ultimately, I encourage you to never stop learning, and reading is a good first step.

 

All the best,
Steven

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Tastings: The Rhône

At the moment I am involved in the WSET level 3 program. Throughout the program, there are recommended tastings in which the student is given a list of wine styles, and is expected to taste and interpret each of those styles. While there is nothing guaranteeing that a student will taste all of these wines, I cannot stress enough how vital tasting practice is. Learning about wine by simply reading; would be as if you were attending an art history class where you were only given explanations of paintings and styles used, but you were never able to actually see the image. Wine is art, and to truly understand it, you must taste it. (more…)

Studying Wine: Creating Quizzes for AVAs

So I’ve been spending some time lately studying for an upcoming test. For this test I need to learn just under 40 American Viticultural Areas in addition to wineries and important people influential to those regions. That is a lot of data so I needed to find a few ways to organize the information into an easily understood and cost-effective delivery system to study from.

I have begun working on creating small quizzes for myself with each of these AVAs. The one below is mostly just re-arranged material from my study guide; organized in a way where I can reinforce knowledge without read more…

How Napa Valley Came To Be

While searching for information on Stag’s Leap District I came across some very interesting information regarding the formation of the Napa Valley. This isn’t for everyone but I figured I’d share anyways because I thought the research was cool. read more…

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.

-Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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