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November 23, 2010
Giving Thanks... For a Lot of Things!
At this time of year, it's important to give thanks to the proper folks. The easy ones to remember are to those you believe in, both spiritually and human. But as you enjoy that special wine that brings you all together, I especially remember two other sets of folks.

I pause and raise my glass to remember those

that are no longer with us, as they are a large part of the reason we are who we are. Miss you, Mom. I am also thankful for the wineries, for always giving us the goods which are almost always part of any memorable celebration - the wine.

I am thankful for André Tchelistcheff, also known as the Maestro of Beaulieu Vineyards fame, and mentor to so many winemakers, without whom the domestic wine industry today would not be as great or as promising.

I am thankful for the Pinot Noir, a most versatile grape. This Burgundy blessing is as wonderful as a still wine, and finds its presence equally impressive in Blanc de Noir (French for 'White of Black) Sparkling wine and Champagne. There is always a spot at my table for this special guest.

I am thankful for these wineries, for producing excellent Pinot Noir still wines with great price points. RiverBench's 2008 Mesa Pinot Noir, Domaine Carneros' 2007 Estate Pinot Noir (including their winery-only Famous Gate), Ceja Vineyards' 2006 Carneros Pinot Noir, J Vineyards' 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sierra Madres' 2007 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Artesa's 2008 Pinot Noir Limited Release.

I am thankful for the sound of a cork, both for still and sparkling wines, with the popping sound bringing all eyes to see what wonderment has just been unveiled. I hear that sound and just have to know!

I am thankful for Rogue River Blue Cheese with fresh baguettes and pumpkin pie (here are two great recipes "A Moment to Ponder's Pumpkin Pie" and "C&H's Classic Pumpkin Pie") with way too much whipped cream!

I am thankful for the dogs that eat up the fallen scraps, so I can pretend that I did not drop anything.

I am thankful for my people, both in high technology and wine areas, who work to bring a new meaning to how the world looks at solid technology and wines.

I am thankful Windows 7 replaced Vista.

I am thankful for those who served, and especially for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

I am thankful for the opportunity to have created WineMatch!

I am thankful for my family, near and far, young and old.


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