IMO Thursday – My Favorite Italian Wine “Geek”

1988 Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Joanie's Kind of Wine

After the drama I wrote over the past 3 days I wanted to discuss something that makes me smile almost everyday: the wonderful wine blog, Italian Wine Geek by the talented and implacable wine explorer Joanie Karapetian. Joanie is an Italian -American, fully fluent in la lingua bella, and a top-flight wine professional based on the west coast. [Read more…]

IMO Thursday – Biggest Wine Surprise This Year

You Won't Find This at Your Local Wine shop

Many of you know that I attended college at The University of Dallas, a small Catholic, liberal arts school in Irving, TX. Many of you likely know that while at UD I studied a semester in Rome at the University’s Rome campus. Some of you probably know that in 1995 I went back to the Rome campus and bummed around helping the current students with travel plans. [Read more…]

Why am I here?

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Joseph Campbell

"er eee eez"

That particular question has driven me to write, travel, read, and think since I was old enough to remember doing any of those things. It is now once again the question that is ringing most loudly in the storm of my thoughts. Why am I here? Why am I in Colorado? Why do I want to write? It seems with writing, it is not about want, but some inner drive to create, to see things manifest from the immaterial of my memories and the images that come from absolutely left field in my head. I have done this kind of creation with directing and acting in the theater, firework shows, stand-up comedy, and of course storytelling both written and oral. I love an audience! I am pretty sure I am better at anything I do well with an audience.

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