Zen Breath 3-2-1

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"If you start with high quality fruit and don't screw up the process - you have a fighting chance of making a quality bottle of wine."
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

May 7, 2021

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 Bottles

1. Claret: Also called a Bordeaux bottle, has straight sides with distinctive shoulders and is the most common style of bottle worldwide. Bottles range in weight from about 10oz to over 2 pounds - and no - the weight of the bottle does not affect the quality of the wine. Heavy bottles are perceived as higher quality regardless of the actual wine quality - don't be fooled.

2. Burgundy: Most widely used for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These bottles are wider than Claret bottles and have sloping shoulders. Bottle shapes are steeped in tradition though are slowly being standardized to Clarets - sorry Burgundy.

3. Hock: A tall tapered bottle without any shoulders and often bearing a crest embossed and raised in the glass. These can be found in Rhone wines ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape , C ô tes du Rh ô ne and C ô te-R ô tie)  and German wines such as Riesling.

Note : Some wide bottom Burgundy bottles are too wide to fit into a standard wine rack or fridge and some Hock bottles are too tall to fit and allow the door to close.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Only ignorant people know everything" ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "It appears that Common Sense isn't so common any more" ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder: Questioning the Obvious

We all like to save a buck, but assume your car gets 20 miles to the gallon and gas is $4 a gallon. You can buy it around the corner or save 30c per gallon if you drive 10 miles to Costco - which should you do?

Even if you don't like math, give it a go - work those brain cells - it keeps your mind young.

Once you have your answer, see my analysis is below.

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your true potential is far beyond your limiting beliefs

Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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Questioning the Obvious

Sometimes the obvious or accepted/habitual answer is not correct and we ( as individuals, groups, societies, cultures, and a race) should continually to seek the truth.

If you fill your 10 gallon tank tank around the corner it will cost you $40.

If you drive to Costco it will cost you $37 but you will use a gallon of gas at $4 and spend time driving. You're also  adding carbon to the environment while using up a non-renewable resource, not to mention the wear and tear on your car. In the end, you are  down a buck and have lost 1/2 hour of precious time and hurt the planet.

Now you may argue that you needed to go to Costco anyway which will only cost you $300 + $1 LOL
There is a documentary called "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix that may cause you to question some of your underlying beliefs about the world and may cause you to completely rethink your consumption of social media and news sources. Shoot me a message with your thoughts after watching eye opening documentary.