I have every aim to transfer today’s winery and wine notes to this blog, but I’m again tired and just want to write freely. Finally posted the Pinot promotion, and may have the first case sale, or some sale, yes to friends but I’ll take it. I don’t want to get too wrapped up in social media and sales, I want to remain grounded in the Art of this wine life and the writing and the stories, and the wine I might make. Again making wine.. makes me research the stories of these other label, in Dry Creek and RRV, Sonoma Valley and wherever. I want to be a Story, be read and sipped and in people’s homes, part of their conversation.
Tomorrow, my day off. First target: gym. At least a 90 minute workout, running and swimming or running and basketball, haven’t decided– oh, and maybe some weights. Keep writing, don’t get distracted, Mike… by these social media apps and programs and tricks.. just stay a writer. And I will.
Today, both Pinots on our main tasting had my attention, especially with the Mendo Ridge project, now showing more coherence and poetic principal, more narrative qualities disclosing whatever it thinks it’s meant to do. It’s color hasn’t morphed much but the the texture and sensory enigmas had more volume, for some reason. And I love that I don’t know the ‘reason’. It assures what I’ve always known true, wine having its own life and vision and cognition. And that’s why I re-attach myself to these vinoLit principles, and why I do this, this wine run, and I’ve finally settled just days, weeks really, before moving into this new home.. before staring the Story of New Mike.
I stopped typing but I won’t again– burdened by emails and other messages.. this goddamn phone, taking me away from the writing and the notes, the thoughts from the day, why do I let it do that? I won’t, and stop dwelling I tell myself, think like Jack Kerouac and his days at Sur, when he walked those paths and stared at the ocean from that one spot and wrote his poem.. just keep simple, all simple, and the stories will land.
In Sunriver, I just think, what I’d be doing right now, if I were there alone and just writing and sipping wine and– think I just answered my own question, not much of a question, just the anxiety felt by an adjunct of my age struggling to settle and find settlement, having a family to support and wanting to build, build his Life writing, a career if that’s what you want to call it. But I don’t think of these pages that way, not like it’s something I punch in and out for, no that would kill the joy of it all, minimizing it to patter– so tomorrow, some tasting, somewhere, possibly up the street to get SB for Mom & Dad (Matanzas Creek). I may taste a little, or even have a glass by the lavender, write in the comp book (no device– oh, which reminds me I have to xfer that short piece I wrote in class the other day, with the 1A-ers)…
Plans and plans and plans. Hope I keep one of them. I deserve that much I think.