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Loving wine and having a blast while doing it

BIG NEWS!!! August 12-13 I will be in Dallas, Texas at the Four Seasons taking the Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam and I couldn’t be more excited! Apart from my independent studies I will be studying under Bill Elsey (CS, CSW, CWE) who recently dominated at a Champagne tasting in Houston and will be taking part once again in the upcoming TEXSOM competition. The future is going to be beautiful, I can feel it.

Also, it was great to hear from Michael Thurner of Austria’s Fine Brands and I look forward to future endeavors with him and the wonderful wines he represents. Michael will be at Vinexpo in Bordeaux (June 19-23, 2011) and I would love for all of you to stop by his booth. His booth number is: Hall 1, BD321 – It is part of the
Austrian Pavillion.
Michael will be showcasing Austria’s Fine Brands which include:
Weingut Markus Huber:
Weingut Jurtschitsch:
Weingut Gerhard Markowitsch:
Weingut Tement:
Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch:
Weingut Weninger:
Arachon TFXT:
Weingut Angerhof Tschida:

*WINE OF THE BLOG* – I personally love Johanneshof Reinisch’s Pinot Noir for not only the elegance of the wine but also the price; at under $18 it’s hard to find a better Pinot Noir!

*MUSIC OF THE BLOG* – GOOD MAN- RAPHAEL SAADIQ – Next month my great friend Tyler, my gorgeous girlfriend Carisa and myself will be graced to see Raphael live in Austin, Texas! I implore all of you to grab a copy of his latest cd titled Stone Rollin and kick back and enjoy summer with the ones you love.


Steve Jobs & Bill Gates – Entrepreneurs of the digital age

Another blog that is done for my social media class, this one pertaining to Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft. When Bill Gates had the realization to focus on software instead of hardware, the decision was one that helped bring him to become the richest man in the world for so many, many years. While Steve Jobs may not be as “loaded” as Mr. Gates, the profound effect that Steve Jobs and Apple have had on American culture can be seen on not only any college campus but now in hospitals, nursing homes, and classrooms.

The leadership style and the success that both men had while developing their companies into the super-powers that they are now varies from Jobs to Gates. Steve Jobs now seems to be the face of Apple; with many people fearing that if Jobs leave of absence becomes permanent that Apple may collapse after a few years (me not being one of them). This leadership that Jobs has accumulated partly stems from Jobs amazing presentations when unveiling his Apple products and his ability to capture the American public through mystery and suspense. Steve Jobs has now made Apple not only a piece of merchandise, but almost another extension of the human body. Bill Gates has more made Microsoft into what some would call a monopolistic evil monster that really has no true identity. Bill Gates is known for his money, wheres Steve Jobs is know for his contribution to what society is becoming; how we watch tv, listen to music, learn with disabilities, and communicate with each other. I am not trying to say that Gates did not have a profound impact on society, but his impact is felt more in a monetary sense. When you think of Gates you think of the wonderful charity work he has done which he can do because he has so much money. Aside from his charitable works the lawsuits Microsoft faced in the 90’s and the overall criticism through comic books such as Bloom County and more recently in Paul Allen’s new book, Microsoft and Bill Gates are usually not thought of in such high regard as most people do with Steve Jobs. Generally people do not think of Gates as coming out with anything even remotely as creative as an Ipod, or more importantly lately, an Ipad.

What the future holds for these two companies, well as they say only time will tell. What is certain is that the American public is growing more and more found of Apple and its’ products, and with bombs like Vista coming out it will be interesting to see what step Microsoft tries to take next to try and keep up Apple’s burgeoning success.

I’m making a new video chronicling the Dell Children’s Hospital Fund Raiser, so look back from that in the next coming week.

*WINE OF THE BLOG* – Guy Larmandier Vertus Brut Champagne Premier Cru NV – In most languages “Champagne” is synonymous with “party”, and my culture is no different. After a fun filled weekend celebrating 2 fun-filled years of being with my gorgeous girlfriend, we ended the festivities by breaking open this fittingly-gorgeous bottle. Nice acidity balances with the citrus and minerality of the wine, at under $50 a bottle you need to be drinking this and letting the good times roll!

*MUSIC OF THE BLOG* – THE STRANGER – LORD HURON – After watching Lord Huron at this years SXSW 2011 in Austin, Tx, I fell for the band. I hope you do the same.

Also, here are some amazing pictures of street art done by my favorite artist, Vhils. I know it’s completely off my blog topic(s) but I thought they might bring a smile to your face as they did to mine.

After being shown RIP : A remix manifesto in class, we were assigned the task of writing a blog about it, so here goes.

The film is about Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor who explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.  The film goes on to focus on Girl Talk, A mash-up musician who is insanely popular but doesn’t technically “write” his own music.

After watching the film I began to realize how being in a closed circuit can only be a detriment to society in the long term. Sharing ideas and collaborating on thoughts is what built this country, hence why the Declaration of Independence wasn’t written by just ONE person, rather it was a collaboration of ideas being shared. The ideas don’t have to stop at music as the video pointed out, medicine is crucial for the future of our civilization, yet we patent so many ideas that roadblocks get created for the people trying to make cures.

Girl Talk is a great example of taking music that you might have never listened to and actually liking it. For instance, I am not the biggest fan of missy elliot, I’m sure she’s a great woman and wonderful person but I just don’t dig her music. But when Girl Talk puts her over Nu Shooz I can’t help but get into it. This is just one great thing about mash-up music. The other reason I am pro-Girl Talk is the fact that he let’s his fans choose how much to pay for his c.d.’s. I remember the first time I paid $0.00 for an album off of his site and thought, “this is genius…I want more.” Free music + free good music = lots of fans for touring and buying merch, sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

I do believe that there is going to be an “adapt or die” phase that will hit the music industry very soon. We are already seeing the importance of free shows and free music give-aways, but who’s to say it’s going to stop there. The future of file sharing and music lies in the hands of the next generation, and what also lies in there hands is technology and the power to get around almost anything the music industry puts in their way, so like I said before; it’s time for the record industry to adapt or die.


Duchman Family Winery and Bill Peary teamed up to launch the first art gallery held at the winery, and what an extravaganza it was! Free Wine and Cheese pair perfectly with Bill’s photography. Bill Peary is a great friend of mine and honestly one of my favorite people on earth, so goto and see what you’ve been missing. The art gallery is still up at the winery, so stop on by and see it!

*WINE OF THE BLOG* – Vi Rosat Natural Vinya Sanfeliu 2009  SPAIN- If “sulfites give you headaches” reach for a sulfite free wine coming out of Spain. I love learning about new and interesting wines and sulfrite-free “natural” wines are definitely popular right now. It also helps that I’m reading Alice Feiring’s “How I saved the world from Parkerization”, a book that whether you support her stances or not, is a great read.


I loved seeing my grandma and loved even more that she could visit me and see what I’m up to at this point in my life.

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Grandma Visits!, posted with vodpod

Duchman  Family Winery held it’s first annual Event Planner Luncheon on Tuesday, February 22nd. I know it’s a short video, but I hope you enjoy.



*WINE OF THE BLOG* – Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut NV – Nothing says celebration like bubbles, and after completing this first video I cannot find anything more appropriate in my cellar. CHEERS!


After watching the video Download: The True Story of the Internet, particularly part 4- People Power; I was left with a sense of amazement of what has been accomplished in such a short time in regards to the internet and networking sites. People Power did call Napster “shoplifting” and talked about Metallica taking action, both of which I find hilarious. After the music industry “winning” and calling their own customers “outlaws” I feel like a split was created. Music file sharing will never go away, just as Kazaa and Limewire and many others have followed. The video helps shed light on how YouTube managed to escape the same fate as Napster, especially with enemies like Viacom. Mypsace and of course Facebook go on to be mentioned and talked about, but I thought it was the absence of Twitter that actually said the most. Once Rupert Murdock bought Myspace it really was the end of it, and now that Twitter and Facebook have clearly taken Myspace over, its fun to woner: what’s next?  The video made it seem like it would be a “battle” between Myspace and Facebook, but to me it didn’t seem that way at all, Facebook simply took over and Myspace had no chance. The last part of the video goes on the talk about Craigslist and Wikipedia and how they “can’t be bought”, a phrase that I think will help keep them around for years to come.

not that I do download illegaly, but I could see how people would fall into this chart.


*WINE OF THE BLOG* – Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine Des Quatre Vents 2007 – Words cannot express how much I love Gamay, and nobody does it better then Beaujolais. After tackling this bottle last name with some great friends it’s safe to say I’m going to be a repeat buyer. The nose of any Gamay is usually great, but I loved the cinnamony-bubble gum that came out of this bottle. Gamay is the perfect spring time wine so go grab a bottle today!!