A Very Busy Pig: News & Events
This little pig has been quite busy with travels and projects and writing and drinking old wine, all while having the mono. Yes, it's possible to get the kissing virus after age 23 and, no, I haven't been "spending time" around college campuses. Have no fear, just don't drink from my glass, even though my cup runneth over.
I've just returned from the land of Napa, where the hills are green and tannins firm, and where I attended the Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood, to which I was awarded a fellowship. Four luxurious nights at the Meadowood Resort nearly made me forget I play a writer in real life, and not the bestselling-new-novel-every-18-months kind. Obviously. The above image was taken at a tasting of six Napa cabs led by "for real" bestselling author Kevin Zraly, whose Windows on the World wine course book has sold over 3 million copies in the 30 years since it was first published. Generally speaking, I hate Napa cab. Big, bold, tannic, vanilla and spice box are not my bag, but to taste a few from the golden years of 12.5% alcohol and light oak use is another thing altogether. The 1974 Charles Krug was my favorite, followed by the 1975 Beaulieu 'Georges de Latour' and the 1986 Beringer Private Reserve. Kevin is an incredibly humble and highly entertaining speaker who lives by the mantra of keeping it simple, which he does with grace and humor. 'Twas a wonderful experience to attend the symposium and I am deeply honored to have been among the 30 chosen for this years session.
Next weekend I'll record my first live episode of Pig&Vine Radio in front of a studio audience as part of the second annual Florence Wine Fest with special guest singer-songwriter John Paul White. I can't begin to tell you how excited and nervous I am for this event. First of all, it's at 11 AM on Saturday, March 11, which is about 75 minutes after I typically get out of bed, so I'll have to drink my coffee quick to make room for the wine we'll be drinking. Second, while John Paul may be a fancy Grammy Award winning artist with a cool demeanor and badass mustache, he's also a friend. I've interviewed John Paul on three previous occasions on behalf of Billy Reid, one of this event's sponsors, and No'Ala magazine a few years ago, but never in an open conversation format, and never while imbibing. Double win.
If you're in or around Florence, Alabama on March 11, get yourself a ticket to this recording, then get yourself over to the wine festival where over 100 wines will be poured and small bites from local chefs will be served. Buy tickets in advance as they are selling quickly.
f you're not local, maybe it's time to make that pilgrimage to the music mecca of Muscle Shoals-Florence, Ala. and be a part of the next chapter in history we're making.
On the very off chance you haven't had enough of my voice and view on the world lately, fellow symposium fellow L.M. Archer featured an interview avec moi as part of her TasteMaker series on the redThread this week, where I mention the word human approximately 100,000 times, guaranteeing it becomes obsolete through ennui. Better than death by marketing.
Check it out and learn a little more about my background and how I got into blogging in the first place. Many thanks to Lyn for the opportunity to talk about myself!
Punch Drink/The Ramos Gin Fizz
Ever wanted to know more about the Ramos Gin Fizz? Here's a short piece I wrote for Punch Drink on the New Orleans-born classic cocktail where I talk with Master of the RGF Mark Schettler at Bar Tonique.