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  • The Times They Are A-Changin’

    • Posted: 11/7/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    I used to have this professor in college, Professor Twe was his name.  It was an Intro Psychology class if I remember right, and he used to always say, “motion is Life, stagnation is Death.”  I would often repeat it to myself as if each day was some sort of unforeseen lesson and saying that mantra out loud would somehow redirect my energies and I would push forward, despite whatever mess I was languishing in, Read article
  • Everybody Knows A Little Bit Of Something

    • Posted: 11/5/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    It happens to all of us sometimes, but a wave of nostalgia kind of hit me the other day, a wave of which I am usually unaccustomed.  I vaguely remembered as a youth the way my father used to talk to neighbors and friends with regards to politics.  Now, I always remember my Grandpa Brennaman say “there are two things you don’t discuss in public: politics and religion.”  These days, I tend to agree with my Grandpa B. Read article
  • Faith, Hope, Love

    • Posted: 11/4/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    We are all on a journey.  Individual adventures that wind us through various routes of wonder, peaks and valleys in a world populated by a myriad of individuals who are there as friends, loved ones, adversaries and villains.  Along these strange roads we are on, there are distractions that inundate us, sometimes to entertain, sometimes to enlighten, sometimes to lead us astray.  In the end, the wisdom we may attain can and should be shared with our fellow travellers along the way, Read article
  • Wine Department: This Is No Motley Cru: Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau

    • Posted: 11/1/2017
    • Categories: Wine
    By Kevin Keith

    Beaujolais. More-or-less a region in its own right, it is technically part of the Burgundy region in France and is most known for the red grape varietal, Gamay Noir à Jus Noir, or more succinctly, Gamay. While it does grow grapes for white wines – predominantly Chardonnay but also Aligote, white wine makes up just about 1% of its total wine production. Here the Gamay grape is King (yes they do grow other grapes –

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  • Lesson Learned

    • Posted: 10/31/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    Chaos Theory is a branch of mathematics focused on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. ‘Chaos’ is an interdisciplinary theory stating that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, self-organization, and reliance on programming at the initial point known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions. – Wikipedia.

    If there is one thing you learn in the wine business,

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  • Change In The Weather

    • Posted: 10/28/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    Sometimes there is a powerfully resonating element of déjà-vu to my day and it’s a bit hard to explain.  Like take this post.  I could swear I wrote something about these wines, but I don’t know where it went.  So I am writing what feels like my second Damilano post in a week.  This is just weird…

    Halloween.  As a kid I loved this day.  Though I did scare pretty easy, it was great to go out trick-or-treating with all my friends on the block, Read article
  • (Take Another Little) Piece Of My Heart

    • Posted: 10/21/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    [NERD ALERT! Forgive me my good friends, but sometimes, the poet in me escapes and will not be denied a soapbox upon which to deliver another corny soliloquy about wine, beauty and love. You’ve been warned.]

    Do you ever have a moment when you find yourself wandering aimlessly in a place that feels like a dream?  A dream where what you are seeing is of extraordinary beauty and grace it cannot possibly be real?

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  • I Put A Spell On You

    • Posted: 10/16/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    Moments in life that define you tend to sneak up on you, never really letting you know they are on the way. It’s just BAM! And they are here. While I’ve been anticipating this impending voyage, it really hasn’t sunk in yet.  

    For those of you who don’t know me personally, I had been a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band in a previous life, and after 20 years,

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  • Shapes of Things

    • Posted: 10/15/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    I strain to remember when it was I first saw someone playing a violin.  These are the things that spring to mind when I can’t sleep at night.  I am knee-deep in writing for different purposes, and just reflecting on different things, from the sublime to the outright bizarre, I found myself remembering one day at Wright State University, some kid was sitting under a tree and he (or was it a she,

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  • It’s Oh So Quiet

    • Posted: 10/9/2017
    • Categories: Wine

    Love is weird.  It’s a discovery, a revelation that you don’t necessarily see coming.  It’s as if you are walking down the street, then you turn a corner, and POW!  You just walk right into it.  It’s disorienting, a state of constant befuddlement while you stumble around through your day as if you had drank far too much the night before, and the hangover doesn’t come.  

    At least, not right away.

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