Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dinner for a good Cause and with some good wines!

Being on the SF BIG Board has really been very special, working with Scot McLernon, putting this group together has been a very worthwhile endeavor. This past December there was a charity auction put together by our good friend Brian Monahan at UMI (love name dropping!) who waned to raise money for ONE  LAPTOP PER CHILD.

I donated a home-cooked meal with some special wines assisted by Scot for the evening. The high bidders were Seashal Morse from Centro and Liberty Carras from Drive/PM. what an evening

we opened with my one of favorite champagnes day in/day out Veuve Yellow Label, always a bottle or two or three in he refrigerator. My menu was Corn/Feta salad with onions and Roma tomatoes, pork loin with lemons and a brandy sauce, grilled Roma tomatoes and asparagus. Scot made this wild fruit tart. But the wines were all APTOS, all Mac wines--his chardonnay, and his syrah--both bottled by him and some good friends.  Great wines, if your lucky, Scot might share a glass or two.

But the winner was the children of San Francisco schools, good times, great cause and good way for a Wednesday break.  Thanks Seashal, Liberty, Scot and Brian to you as well for bringing this great evening together.

Now if you want to know the marketing talk, there was plenty!!  

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What I want to accomplish

For several years, i wrote a weekly email entitled THE WEEKLY READER combining some key reading tips along with wines i bought or drank that week.

Many people wanted me to continue writing this, they didn't give a damm about what the business thoughts were unless they didn't get mentioned, but wanted good wine tips. They told their wine store buddies who wanted me to send them the email so that they could stock up some interesting and intruiging wines.  It is not about price but about value, so my wines could go from 8.00 to 800.00 and reflect all different type of tastes just like me.

I am a wine drinker, not a snob, I can play that cork game but why waste the time, it is about the people and the places that you drink and share that make it worthwhile for me. My friend David Greenwald was the first post, calling it the wonderful wacky world of Durham and it is-my tastes are as varied as there are "Google-killers".

I enjoy reading a lot, in fact my good friend Dr. Brad of iMedia fame wanted me to share some top books that I make must reads for this business--this from a September Imedia, check it out!

OK, ask away, will be sending some wines that I drank to and from Paris in the past few days. Made some purchases, the damm Euro is killing good medium-priced burgundy!

Welcome to the World of the Durham

hello, wanted to welcome you to little world of wine and marketing---coming together from a perspective of the good, the bad and the best!

i will be sharing some of my thoughts and some wines that match those thoughts!
also available to give you some insights and tips into picking wines as well

what the hell, it will be me all over the wacky world of marketing!

open to ideas and as usual, ready for the comments!