On April 13th of this year, my father-in-law, Gerald Haslam’s pen came to final rest. Over a fifty-year career, he wrote deeply authentic stories depicting California’s Central Valley, its diversity of people, places, and rural culture. He excelled at yarns from his South Valley Okie and oil patch upbringing. LISTEN HERE to “Down on the Farm” host Tom Willey and Tulare County agrarian advocate Trudy Wischemann celebrate the life and times, most certainly the words of a singular Valley author.
It is a troubled life being a pursued man but filmmaker, musician and writer Daedalus Howell made some wine time for me, hidden away in the Sawyer Somm Cellar. On this episode of The Varietal Show we celebrate International Riesling Day, which took place on March 13, with a delicious taste from Storm Cellar in Colorado. The conversation of course meanders in many directions on this first of a three part discussion.
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At the ZAP Expo last weekend I ran into my friend Dan Dunn, author of the book American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites, and One Man’s Blues. He inscribed my copy with “This doesn’t happen without you man!” High praise. Looking forward to the read.
Here is an informative Forbes review to warm up your mental palate for the excursion: American Wine: A Fun New Wine Book Wine Snobs Will Hate
The first will be this Sunday October 16th,
Art+POETRY+Wine, where poets Indigo Moor, Dean Rader, Brynn Saito, and Tess Taylor will each read a selection of their poetry inspired by art in the Pairings exhibition. Sonoma County wines, selected by myself, complement each poem/art pair.
Art+MUSIC+Wine on November 5, and Art+FOOD+Wine on December 3.
Bottled poetry indeed! Join me for a talented selection of wine and poets at Flight of Poets. Curated by Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor, I will be pairing delicious wines with the work of six talented poets; Tony Barnstone, Cassandra Dallett, Natalie Diaz, Adam Fitzgerald, Brynn Saito, Robin Beth Schaer; Carefully selected to illuminate their work.
Admission includes wine flight of six tastes. Get your tickets!
My friend, poet Dean Rader, recently published this fun wine-pairing piece in honor of the NBA Finals. A tip of the hat to this charming analysis of Basketball culture, and justification that it is truly a sport best suited for wine!
Read it in the Huffington Post:
The NBA Finals: Time to Get Your Wine On
Poets Hollie Hardy, Ada Limon, Dean Rader, and Tess Taylor will share their work along with a complementing wine flight of four tastes prepared by myself.
$20 entry fee (includes flight), Presale tickets HERE! Must be 21+. This is a KQED Lit Pick for the month of May, not to be missed.
Litquake arrives in San Francisco on October 9th this year, departing October 17th, so don’t forget to join me for my 6th Annual Flight of Poets on Thursday October 15th! Featured wineries include Gundlach Bundschu, Hess Collection, Three Wine Co., LaFollette Wines, Tin Bar & Breathless.
To whet your palate, enjoy this poem by my friend Dean Rader, who is in the Department of English at USF, that was a finalist in the Caldwell Vineyard – Rocket Science Label Contest 2014.
Red is landing and launch, Orbit and origin, both cork and Crush. It’s motion, evolution, Kinesis. It’s fire and flight. Every color moves, but red Takes off, it rockets through Space, through science. Look: the Capsule is in your hand. Explore. Imbibe sun and skin, drink the Earth. You too can discover the New world; for in this realm, in this Cosmos, in this universe, Everything is wine.
And while you are feeling the wine vibe, chew on this little extra from Dean as well!
Take me over tongue over teeth over cusp cut and rim over skin Peel me back and push me down I want to go deep below body and bone beneath darkness and dirt and there raise me up to mouth on mouth on lip on tip I want to go deep I want to be squashed quashed and quelled I want to be crushed