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3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

September 3, 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 - Alicante Bouschet

This year we are trying a new varietal, Alicante Bouschet which is a rare and very unique grape. This year we are sourcing this out of Lodi and and it will probably be picked within two weeks and then delivered to the winery in a refrigerated truck due to the long transit time.
  1. Alicante Bouschet has been cultivated since 1866 when Henri Bouschet crossed Petit Bouschet and Grenache. By the end of the 19th century, this varietal could be found spread across Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley and Alentejo, Portugal.

    The grape was widely popular in the United States during the years of Prohibition and now there are few planting of this unique grape.
  2. It produces dry, full bodied wines with medium plus tannins and medium acidity with a thick skin and very deep pigmentation. This grape is also a one of the few teintuier varietals that has a red pulp opposed to greenish yellow that almost all wine grapes have that fall under the Vitis vinifera species.
  3. When fermented, the wine typically exhibits deep notes of Black Cherry, Black Plum and Blackberry bramble, black pepper and sweet tobacco. It pigmentation is very dark and pairs well with barbecue, teriyaki, carne asada and grilled vegetables.
This year we are sourcing 8,000 pounds of this varietal which is enough to produce approximately 250 cases of wine. Once fermentation is complete it will be aged in oak barrels for at least 18 months before bottling.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "You will be what you think you are." ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "Fake it till you make it is a good way to start until you believe it." ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

Self Image

I smoked a pack of cigarettes every day since I was 17 years old until the day I had a stroke in May of 2014. This was the day I forever became a Non-Smoker.

I remember the moment it happened. I was laying in the ER with wires and tubes connected everywhere. Beeps, chirps and buzzes were emitted by the alien looking medical machines. I was scared, very scared.

A young doctor stood above me explaining my condition: blood pressure through the roof, potassium levels through the basement, dehydrated and unstable. He must have noticed the cigarette smell on my breath and clothes and simply said:
"You are no longer a smoker"
And in that moment I began to think of myself as a Non-Smoker.

When I identified as a Smoker I did what all smokers do: you smoke, you have ashtrays that are filled and emptied, you go the the store to buy your smokes, you bum cigarettes when you run out and you carry a lighter. Being a Smoker, I did what smoker's do.

Being a Non-Smoker I didn't do the things above, there was no reason to, because I now identified as a Non-Smokers. And I began doing things that Non-Smokers do instead. The cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays had not purpose any more in my life.

If you identify yourself as being Fat, you will be no matter what you try. If you identify with being Shy, you will be and avoid strangers. If you identify as Lazy, you will be and do all of the things a Lazy person does.

It is very important to our subconscious that we behave in exactly the way we view ourselves. We will habitually, unconsciously, consciously and subconsciously repeat behaviors so that we fit our internal view of ourselves.

No matter what you try to change, the result will not be permanent until you change your self image. If you continue to think you are Fat, you will be; that is until you view yourself as a "Fit Person who needs a little work". As soon as you identify with the Fit Person persona, you will naturally do what a Fit Person does and will lose the weight.

Question for You -

What ADJECTIVES do you use to describe yourself?

And are they the ones you want, or are there NEW/BETTER words you will identify with?

~~ Notice ~~

Reality is formed inside of your head.



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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