I have become a huge believer in the idea of serendipity, the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for (link). Many of the opportunities I have been lucky enough to come across have come into my life seemingly out of nowhere. Though, when I start looking back, I can almost always find the root of the happy surprises.
My best girl, Kayla, planned a sensational day in the wine valley for the two of us when I was in California back in September. We hit up six (?) wineries for tastings and were driven from one vineyard to the next in a limousine. How fancy huh? Thanks to Kayla for setting that up, it was an amazing trip through the valley. Every time she sets one of these things up she totally eclipses her previous efforts.
These are the wineries we went to and that I still remember. We had quite a wine between the two of us so my memory of the trip is a bit fuzzy… 😛
I went on this day trip intending to purchase a bottle or two, at most. I ended up buying nearly a case and a half. Add this to the wine I bought at the wine tasting in San Francisco… It wasn’t long before I was swimming in wine!
Our first winery was Seghesio, where Kayla works. I love visiting this place. If you have never been, you must put it at the top of your To Do list. The vineyard has been family owned since 1895 and it shows. Their wines are carefully crafted into some of the best Zins in the state. Their food and wine pairing are legendary and the parties they host are the envy of just about every winery. At least, that’s what I was told from just about every other winery we visited that found out Kayla worked at Seghesio.
Our next stop was Moshin Vineyards where a charming Scotswoman gave us a taste of some of their wines. There we enjoyed some Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and some fun Zins.
Amista and Preston Vineyards were both awesome. Amista’s wines tasted perfect. It felt like they had an equation for each of their wines, mechanically perfect. It was there that I had the first Chardonnay that I really loved. Of all the wines I’ve had, I’ve never had a Chardonnay good enough that I felt compelled to buy it. Of course I also haven’t had that many Chardonnays…
Preston’s wines are organic, clean, crisp and pleasing. The winery is also an organic farm with fresh produce, organically raised hens and sheep. Their extra virgin olive oil is awesome and I’ve hear they have equally as tasty cheeses? Next time!
Kayla’s boyfriend Matt gave us a tour through some of their wines prior to our wandering of the grounds. I don’t think I got out of there with less than five bottles of their wine haha. Almost all were whites, seems I was in a mood for white wine that day.
Next up was a surprise. Jordan Vineyards, easily the most beautiful winery we visited this trip. There Kayla and I joined a few others in a wine and food pairing. Once again, great wine and a wonderful guide through the tasting and history of the winery.
The tasting ended with a taste of a dessert wine that was pretty damn awesome. It was a bit out of my price range but seemed like a bargain at around $50.
Every winery Kayla chose was awesome. Not a single hiccup or disappointing wine. The entire trip through the valley was just about perfect.
Well, that is until we took on the task of kicking out the squatter living in my house out in Forestville. That is an entirely different blog post though.
The drive back to San Francisco gave me time to contemplate the day’s events. I thought about my friendship with Kayla. I thought of the early morning drives into Santa Rosa to open Starbucks or go to class. I thought about the house Seth and I lived in with the creaky wood floors and obnoxiously fertile fig tree in the back yard. I remembered the parties, the coffee shops, the podcast with Callie and how much I missed all of that.
It became clear to me on that long drive south into San Francisco that a change soon needed to be made.
I’ve wanted to record my daily iced coffee creation for a while now.
I have a few of these every morning, probably too many really! I typically used Kaldi’s coffee brewed and then chilled overnight. Just a little ice, some fat-free creamer and I’m ready to go. I used to never put creamer in my coffee, wonder why I do that now… Never-the-less, I’ve settled on this recipe and it has never failed. Oh but what a difference quality coffee, water purity, grinding and proportion matter.
I grind my coffee just seconds before I brew. I use only fresh beans and as I said earlier, I prefer Kaldi’s coffee though I’ve recently heard good things about Dunn Brother’s Coffee (c/o @samuelaveryhunt). I use filtered water, once through a triple-stage Pür filter followed by a two-stage Pür filter. We have really metal-rich water in downtown Columbia so this is a necessary step to take all the copper etc out.
Perhaps tomorrow I’ll do a few more, trying out different angles and lighting techniques. The video today was really just a test or proof-of-concept. I think this angle might be fun…
Though the real fun will come once I modify my Kodak Zi8 with different lenses. Maybe someday I’ll own a proper HD video camera. @ZackLuye‘s Canon 7D is such a sexy piece of equipment. Too bad I’m a Nikon guy. Next time Zack and I shoot an AdagioTeaV together, we’ll have to do some experimentation with his camera.
Ok, so you might know that @LeoLaporte is a hero of mine. I know @ZackLuye knows that, he just LOVES to point out his affiliations to my technology heroes haha. I even went as far as moving to the area of California where Leo lives and even worked at the Starbucks he always goes to for his coffee in Petaluma!
Stalker much? Meh, maybe. Never did meet him though.
This morning Leo mentioned something that popped up on the web about him in the latest This Week in Google, one of Leo’s podcasts. There was something on the internet that said, “Leo Laporte makes $1″
I looked it up. Turns out Leo Laporte makes $1.5 million a year doing his TWiT network, not $1 haha. While reading more about him, I stumbled onto this video where he talks his rise from radio to broadcast TV and then to where he is today, self-distributed internet podcasting.
It’s a great video if you have the time to watch all forty minutes. But the point of this blog post is his Dev Null character on his MSNBC show, The Site. Leo makes fun of this character, so I don’t feel so bad doing the same. Because the producers, of his own show, didn’t think he’d be good for video across Soledad O’Brien, they made him a horrible looking 3D character.
And what’s more? I found another video of Devnull where he gets a $29.95 upgrade, the character doesn’t hide the fact that he is computer based. The cheap upgrade doesn’t work so well, and Devnull get’s even more messed up looking. Why does this interest me? Mostly cause I’m a nerd. When Snow Leopard came out, Leo went on and on about how it wasn’t a REAL upgrade to Leopard for the Mac. Making the point that it wasn’t a totally new operating system, but more of an expansive service pack. What Leo stressed the most though? How for $29.95, this was a fantastic value adding upgrade. So if you’re a total nerd, it might be funny/interesting. Probably just to me though…
So there you go. Oh and Leo. If Pure Media & Marketing doesn’t hire me, hows about you make a move? hehe
Time to run downtown to pay my rent and then get to class. Catch you later!
We’ve all gone on a date with someone, been friends with someone or just bumped into someone at the airport or Starbucks who seems to feel the need to tell us their darkest thoughts or most embarrassing truths. I know I’ve been on dates with these people and their self defeating communication style.
Finally, someone has put this into a music video, auto-tune and all. It’s pretty amazing really, I know I’m excited to show it to you. Plus, it’s kinda hilarious.
I’m an intern at Archrival, a sweet youth brand marketing agency. My fellow intern, Anthony Galvan, and I decided that our coworkers don’t quite know us well enough yet. So, for part three of our intern minute series, we put together a video that might help fix that. » http://www.archrival.com