Just came back from Scottsdale. We make an annual trek to play some ball and watch Spring Training. Always fun to hang out in the desert. We did get rained-out our last day there. Still nice to be away from the office for a couple of days.
That You Run And Never Tire
I've now been on dailymile for the last couple of months. I find the platform very motivational and informative, especially seeing the distance and times a lot of the athletes are accomplishing out there. It definitely keeps me motivated to get my workouts in. I've participated in a couple of challenges and found that I have been somewhat able to keep up with my mileage goals per week/month. What I'm finding now is that I've plateaued and need to work on my pace. Speed work, hills, etc. come to mind. Not my favorite, but if you want to run faster, you need to run faster. Does that make sense?
Later this month I'm scheduled to run the Los Angeles Marathon. At the moment, it doesn't look like I will be running it. The same weekend of the race, I am scheduled for my Intro Sommelier exam. Both are in Southern California, but I had to choose one over the other. Unfortunately, I am also on a waiting list to take this exam, but I want to be available since I do not know if I will have the opportunity to take this exam any other time this year. For the meantime, I am staying with my training (race or not), with the hopes of completing one of the two this month. More on that later.
The Music Never Stopped
Not much to report on since the Elton John/Billy Joel concert. I did hear that Billy has gone back to his wife and left the tour. Rumor has it Elton is not very happy about it. Elton could and should tour on his own anyway. Would love to see him perform mainly his pre-80's material.
Ryan Adams is probably my favorite artist. When I mention his name, I always get, "yeah, I really liked Reckless and Cuts Like A Knife." Uh, no, that would be the "other" guy, the Canadian Bryan Adams. Or I get the "oh, he's the guy who married Mandy Moore". Yes, that's the guy. Well, if you know the story, Ryan left his band The Cardinals last year to take a break from music. He's now concentrating his art and writing. If you know anything about Ryan Adams, he has a fondness for heavy metal and the Grateful Dead. You can definitely hear the influences in many of his live performances which are much better than the studio work that is available to the public. Ryan's break from music has been short-lived, as he is releasing a metal recod. As his site states, "we're going to begin pressing ORION - - my most legit METAL record - - on vinyl next week." Take a listen. I like it and looking forward to hearing the rest of the cuts. http://ryanada.ms/
Sip The Juice
Interestingly enough, I have not tasted alot of wine (outside of my Scottsdale weekend - thanks Sanctuary! http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/) in the last several weeks. Mainly book studying and prepping for my exam. I always find interesting the wine notes/reviews after I have tried something. Here are some wines that I did taste that actually left a good impression on me, especially the Malbecs:
Chariot "Gypsy" 2008
Thanks to @jasonswineblog for turning me on to this Trader Joe cult classic. Nice garnet color, berries on the nose, and probably very versatile with food. This release from the Jim Neal Wine Company is value priced (as most Trader Joe wines are) and would make a good daily table wine. Check it out! http://www.chariotwines.com/
2006 Creta "Roble" Tempranillo - Ribera del Duero, Spain
90 Points - Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Roble is sourced from a single vineyard at 850 meters of elevation, the highest vineyard in Ribera del Duero. The wine was aged for 4 to 5 months in French and American oak. Purple/black in color, the nose reveals cedar, mineral, damp earth, and assorted black fruits. Powerful on the palate, this tannic, structured effort has superb depth and grip and should evolve for 3-4 years. Drink it from 2011 to 2020"
2007 Bodegas Colome Malbec - Argentina
92 Points - Wine Spectator
"The purple-colored 2007 Malbec Estate spent 18 months in French oak, 20% new. It has an excellent bouquet of lavender, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Ripe and full-bodied on the palate, it has plenty of spicy, savory black fruit, good balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2011 to 2019. "
2008 Gascon Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"A bright purple luster draws you in, and the nose is bright, clean, focused and full of wild blackberry. Balanced in the mouth, with sizeand tannin but plenty of acidity and fruit. Tastes of blackberry, vanilla cream, molasses and spice, and the finish brings it on home. Sincere and excellent for the price."
2006 Duckhorn "Paraduxx" Zinfandel Blend - Napa
91 Points - Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine
"Full and fleshy in feel, if still a bit astringent on the back end, it is beginning to hint at complexity to come and deserves to be left alone for some three or four more years."
Just Stay Hungry
The brine is back! I cannot believe they are marketing Sea Monkeys again. http://www.sea-monkey.com/
I'm not feeling too good about my BOILERS this week. NCAA tourney time starts next week. Let's hope for the best. GO PURDUE!
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