Zen Breath 3-2-1

Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter or you subscribed to the Koi Zen Cellars newsletter. Every Friday, I share 3 wine terms, 2 quotes from me, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

"Passion Fuels the Heart "
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

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3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

January 14, 2022

Happy Friday! Time to wrap up this week and get ready for the next! Take a deep breath and kick off the weekend on a positive note. Let's consider where we have been, improve it, and move forward next week. Packing the most content into the least words and trying to change the world, one glass at a time.

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3 - Wine Terms - Wine & Time Pairing

Everybody has heard and talked about wine &food pairing, or wine &chocolate pairings, but what about
Wine & Time Pairings?
Because my favorite way pair wine is based upon the environment: the time of day, who am I with, what are we doing, what are we eating, is is casual, romantic or serious? This goes well beyond just simple food pairings, so lets get started.

I like to say - "Wine is Color Coded" and this visual queue can help you out in many different situations; today we are talking about how the time of day affects the wine we choose.
  1. Breakfast Wines - I know some of you are chuckling (or blushing) , but think about a Brunch, where it is customary to have some wine. But what wines goes with brunch? Start with light wines; think about serving something bubbly or light on the palate. Breakfast foods tend to be lighter proteins and carbs, so the wine should also be light and complementary.

    If you are going to adulterate your sparkling with OJ, try Cava from Spain which is high quality and inexpensive.
  2. Lunch Wines - lunch covers a huge time span and the general rule is: "as it gets later, the wines get darker and bigger". So an early lunch calls for a light refreshing white or a very basic light red or rose. Lunches tend to be heavier than breakfasts so we need a wine with a little bit more weight, body and color. Pinto Gris, Naked Chards, Beaujolais, or Pinot Noir come to mind.

    As we head into late lunches, Oaked Chards, Malbecs and light Cabernet Sauvignons are ideal. These wines also pair well with cooking dinner.
  3. Dinner Wines - as the sun begins to set, it is time to start thinking about darker, heavier wines. If you are serving wine with food, try to average between time of day the the color/weight of the food. We are trying to achieve balance - stay in the Zen Zone.

    If the meal is heavy, break out that big bottle of Koi Zen Merlot or Petite Sirah. If it is lighter, then Mouvedre or Syrah works well. If it is fatty - dose in the tannins to achieve balance. Salty foods need acids.

    As the night winds down you can either cleans with a dash of a sparkling or go deep with a heavy red, port or desert wine.
But remember: always drink responsibly.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Follow your passions, not a paycheck" ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "I'm not scared of dying, I'm scared I didn't live enough" ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

Following Your Passions

Sorry for the gap in the 3-2-1 editions, I was seeking space and clarity, but now we are back. Let's make this year even better. Today I want to talk a bit about finding your passions in life. For most of my life I followed the norm, I went to school because someone told me to, I went to college which was expected, I got a job to pay the bills, I worked hard to please my boss, I climbed the ladder (only to find out it was the wrong ladder but that is another story).

I did what was expected though I often wasn't very happy. Every day the thought of going back to the grind got more depressing and though the work was exciting and challenging, it wasn't what I wanted to do. Fortunately for me, as a Director running a remote office, I did have leeway in my day to day tasks, but many people don't have this opportunity they still work for the man.

After my stroke and leaving the big corporate tech world, I was lost - I didn't know what I wanted to to with myself. Without a company, job, title, status, or paycheck who was I? I struggled with this for a long while. Slowly I began to change my mindset from what has to be done to what do I want to achieve ?

I created a transformational process by ready many books, watching many webinars, videos, speakers, conversations, and deep meditation.

And through this process I found my passions, the things that excite me, motivate me, and now defines me.

And this is how Koi Zen Cellars began - with the desire to open and run a successful winery where people meet, learn, relax, and enjoy life. This is what jazzes me up every day.
What are your greatest passions?
Don't worry if you don't have any answer, the vast majority of people don't. Most of us were brought up to be part of the masses and not the shining light - but I argue, not only is it your right, it is your responsibly to be the best, happiest, fulfilled person you can be.

Last year I created an online class that helps people identify their passions and prompts them to take actions - NOW.

We all have an expiration date and we don't know when - it could be today or in 50 years - but you never know -  so you better start now.

The class is self-paced and though it is suggested to listen to one lesson and do the simple homework per day for 7 days, you can complete the class in whatever time period you want.

You can put in a little effort and get a small result, or more effort and get a huge result - hey it's your life but you will get a result.

I did move the course to a new learning platform and there may be a few glitches, so please be patient with me. And for this hassle, I dropped the price from $49 to $29 just for this weekend (Discount expires Sunday at midnight). I guarantee you will get your money's worth. Probably 10 fold.

Are you ready to find your passions and purpose in life?
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You can be a driver or a passenger in life - it's your choice



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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