A few weeks ago I wrote about a negative experience my friends and I had at J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg. The short story is that we were part of a Wine Club special event tasting where employees were uneducated about the wines and food pairings, they lacked attention to detail and their guests and the “sparkling only” wine shipment was overpriced and handed to me not with pride but apologetically.
A few days after sharing that experience I was contacted over Twitter and the phone by Carolyne, a representative of the winery. We talked at length about what happened, what should have happened and what will happen in the future. Carolyne was kind to listen, apologize and provide me with the confidence that myself and others will not be dealt the same poor service ever again at their tasting room. Continue reading →
I tweeted earlier in the week that Kayla, Marris and I had a dreadful wine tasting at J Vineyards in Healdsburg. J Vineyards responded on Twitter requesting I direct message them my story so they could make it right. I told them I’d put it together here and so I have. A direct message, while definitely tidier for J, would never allow me to fully explain my disappointment. Here goes:
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably know about the never-ending renovation I’ve been doing on my house in wine country. I find myself going up north to meet with a contractor or furniture delivery person at least once a month. While this might be annoying to some, and it is to me, the best part of these trips is getting to see Kayla.
It’s a rare event that Kayla and I are in the same zip code and don’t do some sort of wine tasting. So on this trip to Sonoma County, she and I decided to hit up J Vineyards for a quick tasting and pick up my wine club shipment. Marris was in town and joined in on the adventure. But before we go there, let’s learn a bit about the winery and my history visiting them. Continue reading →
You might remember that I went to court just a couple of weeks ago to deal with a squatter who had been living in our family cottage in the wine valley. We won the lawsuit and he was to be evicted 5 days after the judgement had been made official, ie, after he was informed and the Sheriff had posted notice on the house.
Well the day came that I was going to have to meet the Sheriff’s deputy and do the official turning over of property from the squatter back to me.
Not a fun trip to make really. Luckily my dear @KaylaGettys organized a super fun blind wine tasting with some of her friends in Healdsburg. So, the night before I had to be in Forestville, I went to Healdsburg, met some really amazing people, drank some fun wine and generally had an amazing time.
Without that night I don’t think I could have made it through the day that followed.
A jaunt over to Ikea to buy a dresser becomes a trip to Sonoma Valley for @Marris_Returns and I. We met up at Ikea where said dresser was purchased. Meanwhile Marris gets a phone call about a cousin about a trip to Napa.
One thing lead to another and the trip to Napa was cancelled almost as soon as it started. But, instead of getting all down about the whole deal, we decide to surprise @KaylaGettys with a trip to her winery in Healdsburg, Seghesio Family Vineyards.
For as long as I have been visiting California, I have been visiting Healdsburg. I remember coming here as a kid, going to Oakville Grocery for the most amazing sandwiches and then heading west to Armstrong Woods in Guerneville.
After my court date, I headed up here for some time at The Flying Goat, one of my favorite coffee shops for a fantastic cappuccino and some wifi time. Unfortunately the wifi didn’t work out so I was forced to head over to Starbucks for actually functional wifi.
I got a lot of work done there, more than I’ve gotten done in a single day since moving back to California! It felt great knocking so many tasks off my todo list. Afterwards I met up with Kayla and proceeded to pour a venti mocha on her driver’s seat… Yeah, that happened.
So while she worked out, I washed, vacuumed, shampooed and otherwise cleaned her car. I mean, after making it smell like chocolate (and not in a good way) it was the least I could do.
Later dinner at her aunt’s house, where I am being graciously hosted for the night, with Matt and a fantastic bottle of French wine.
The photo up at the top is of my little work station here at Kayla’s aunt’s house. It’s just about perfect for me and my laptop, the heater on the left is keeping me warm as I type this out and the lamp provides a perfect blanket of light across my keyboard.
Now it’s off to bed for me. I’m hoping to get an early start to the day, get some more work done before meeting up with Kayla back at The Goat around 9. After that, we head south to San Francisco!
Normally I’m excited for any chance I have to head north to Santa Rosa, my old stomping grounds. The beautiful landscaping, the cute downtown, the proximity to wine…
Unfortunately, this trip is business, not pleasure. Business that involves lawyers, visits to Courtroom 15 at the Main Adult Detention Facility and a cheap and, somewhat dirty, stay at a Comfort Inn less than mile from the Sheriff’s Department.
Perhaps the most annoying part of this whole deal is I can’t really say what’s going on. Not until tomorrow once everything is settled, though, those of you who have paid close attention to my Twitter account have a pretty good idea of what is going on.
On the upside, tomorrow I get to spend some quality time with Kayla, enjoy some wine and hopefully get this current situation fixed up.
So the photo of the day, right at the top, illustrates the half-bakedness of this hotel. Everything is just a bit short of decent. That other light isn’t turned off, by the way, it’s just broken.
Oh how I can’t wait for school to be over, for good. Alas, we all know Justin will never be graduating from college… well a least not this year, which is incredibly annoying/depressing/etc. I’ve been in school for ages now, way longer than I should have been in school.
Of course, lots of great things have happened because of my extended college career. I made so many incredible friends, realized engineering wasn’t for me. Neither was psychology, pre-law, sociology, philosophy… you get the point.
I’ve “settled” on a sort of triple major. I get one degree with an emphasis on three topics. For me it’s Political Science, Gender Studies and Photography. I love all three of those and it opens a lot of doors for me, especially with the PoliSci and Photography portions.
But first I’ve gotta get out of school right?
This summer I have the options of summer school, internships or traveling. I want to do an internship in Europe but my parents moving to Saudi Arabia makes me want to see them a lot this summer, so maybe an internship in Houston… but then I’d like to get some classes out of the way so summer school?
Hate living like this!
Oh yeah, then there’s being away from Ryan. I really don’t want to spend the summer states, much less oceans, away from him. But I guess we can’t put our future together on the back burner so we can spend the present together. The sooner I graduate, the sooner we can move on with our life together.
Get out of school and then let’s move back to California where I can be with so many of my amazing friends… Sean, Kevin, Mark, David, Kayla, Matt…
Until then, here I am, one class at a time. I now live through another graduation season where I lose more of my friends. This year I’m going to miss most Chase and Corey, moving to Kansas City. Congratulations on them for moving on with their band, Scouts, which is awesome. But going to miss my boys.
And worse yet, Karen is moving to St. Louis. Major sadness over that, first Micheal and now Karen. Blurg. What’s this city going to?
Luckily Phoebe, Joshua, Laura and Eric Cox etc etc are still here. Ryan and I will stay sane for a bit longer.