French Wine

January 19th 2014 Journal


Sunday marks end of one week and beginning of another. My new stuff kicking in soon. It seems I will be doing wine where expected and should continue reviewing our new wine list which is retail. I follow my old habits and need to be familiar with the list so much and can forget about mostly and go about business. I think other things kick in shortly. I continued my second book and the middle chapter is so big it almost covers the whole book. Overdrive app allows only so much memory so complained that was too much for the app. I may have to finish on tablet. I try not to use the tablet so I use the Chromebook and works just fine. It is just a lot of work from here on. Another advantage of working in wine biz versus retail is I will have more money for non-essentials like wine bottles but being too busy that is not anywhere on my lists. That is about it today. Progress will be following a different path now. I was watching more detective series. Sherlock has run of episodes even for reruns and inspector Maigret pretends to be French in a series with not one person without thick British accents. He is ok. Nice acting though. I can do a better job! Granada TV did it as did Sherlock Holmes series so I was curious. These guys are in and out of pubs during work hours and have beer delivered to police station. Nice stories too. 95% of script is just talk…. No French actors in French series? I don’t know. Busy. 19 Jan 2014 10:11 am San Leandro, California

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I Notice YOU Chateau Mouton


Sunday is here. My last experiment has been successful and my 24/7 which was a go by other people standard is active by mine too. That must be good. I guess. We get more done this way.

Saturday was not a day off and I worked/training. I spent most of day doing routine stuff and I did learn something extra which occasionally happens. I had to retrieve a big order which by human counts had 800+ bottles of wine hence a palate order. Nothing there to say and is all boxes hence easy to handle but this order was all fancy French wines which come in wood boxes! Wood is heavy but easy to get used to until…. Chateau Mouton bastards use baby coffins (don’t know what else to call them) for boxing wine. Twelve bottles and box is okay but those boxes alone weigh 20 lbs in my estimate! My sources say 12 not 20 but three stories high and stacked higher they weigh too much. I used to tell people any wine that comes in a fancy bottle is charging you extra for nothing and standard bottles are real value. I cannot say that about Chateau Mouton and damn cases of has BUT I am watching them. There is no shit list but they are on a list. As Monk told Barton Fink he was in trouble because he was noticed by his boss. That meant his life would be hell now. Never get noticed was his advice. I notice Mouton. 12 Jan 2014 9:46 am Hayward, California

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January 9th 2014


THEY tell me some PEOPLE are upset I can read on my Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone. Who cares. That would be a great deal because as many millions of iPhones out there one can hardly read seriously on iPhone screen. I am done with most of this basic review text. It has been an okay mind jogger as I have been told. I wouldn’t read a page if was on paper. My normal reaction would be after reading half a page to say “shuuuuut uuuuuup.” The text is too friendly and too basic. I couldn’t read on my Android tablet either but on my 4″ Nokia screen I did. We are at 51%! I think the reason is the app provides a tiny piece to read and is so hard to figure where we are. Knowing half way or where in chapter or book won’t matter. One needs to know how much read and to read live to decide it is time to declare one is tired or read too much. Since cannot do that, I just keep reading and wondering how much o read and how much left. Lack of layout helps more reading. Anyway we finish red Bordeaux and fall into California reds! The book is over and filler materials follow. I have to say this to get a few people mad. Sommelier training has least respect for California wine! Media gives them a huge priority of coverage but in academia they get treated equal with New York wine and lesser than New Zealand! I don’t blame them. Some people make wine as food. California fakes everything from wine to pistachios just to gain market share. I cannot remember the food and wine matching class in Sommelier training. Chocolate and red wine skipped? “There is no such a thing as matching chocolate and wine. CALIFORNIA INVENTS THIS STUFF.” Thinking about it I have to agree chocolate is a Northern California tourist commodity and California wine is not meant for food and has to go with something. And while we at it, all the superb foreign cheeses are banned so super creameries of California are “discovered?” Cheese is food for poor people in Europe traditionally and chocolate ain’t food at all. Good local cheese is so expensive hence needs “discovery” because it cannot sell as FOOD. And enough said of the wine. Do I bash? How about no balanced view is welcome in America? They have to be biased or something is done wrong. 9 Jan 2014 7:38 am Embarcadero, California

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My Commute Sucks


It is Saturday. Cold has passed. The bus runs so infrequently I had to walk part way to train station. The San Francisco train had a load of crazy people. They occupied our car and by my exit to transfer to another train some were roaming the car or had gone to sleep on benches. I can read well early am because my mind is clear from sleep. I read another 5% on my Nokia Lumia phone of a generic wine book on loan from Overdrive library system. I learned nothing. It is a refresher except no dry Saturnes at all. That stuck with me. I really like some of the cheapest French Muscadet to drink. No mention in the book. The money is in Muscadet Sur Lie so nobody promote cheap wines. That is good to just drink by gallons not California wine. No qualities to mention and no alcohol. Lots of fun. And some good Sauternes will do. Just a little. Anyway I am picking up pace.

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Mouton?


Cool lock screen for my Nokia Lumia phone. The daily Bing screensavers are optional but can be nice. I skip sharing them on my other blog because they can be confusing. That is rare. I didn’t expect this one. It is Christmas and the word Mouton popped into my mind right after I thought “sheep?” Nobody cares about sheep or lamb in America. They exist as information on food packaging. Meeting the head and ears of a sheep reminds me more of Chateau Mouton than does lamb, Bible and Christmas. Nice photo. 25 Dec 2013 12:05 pm San Leandro, California

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