At the Anderson Valley Pinot Festival, THE VARIETAL SHOW was lucky to run into Rex Pickett, world renowned author of Sideways. If you recall the film based on his novel, it makes sense to find him celebrating Pinot Noir. Together we discuss the AVA, the film, his books and his latest novel based in New Zealand. Of course, all the while, tasting spectacular PN from Anderson Valley, including Waits-Mast Family Cellars, Lula Cellars & Goldeneye Winery! #GoMendo #GoSideways
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This inspiring book, Wine and Spirituality, is a reflective and passionate spiritual journey by the author Anna Pakula, drawn from the dedication of some of the world’s most famous vintners’ with whom she has forged lasting relationships:The list includes AXR Napa Valley, Chappellet, Continuum Estate, Darioush & Opus One!
Anna presents a “collection of pictorial stories” about winemakers, vineyards and spirituality: Presenting a correlation between the art of wine creation with enjoyment, and human spiritual growth, including inspirations drawn from the symbology of relevant Biblical quotes.
This coffee table book would be a special holiday gift, not to be missed for wine enthusiasts, that enjoy reading with a good glass of wine, and reflections on the deepest connections between vine, wine and wisdom! Wine and Spiritualityavailable for purchase through ANNAPAKULA.CO
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 writerDaedalus 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.
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.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details about 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.
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!