Dec 2006
How To Do The Impossible
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi.
Livermore Valley Wine, Part 2 UPDATE
As of today, Fenestra no longer has the 2000 Livermore Valley Estate Syrah. They do, however, still have the Magnum size, which is a double-size bottle. It sells for $50. This size only makes sense if you're going to serve it for dinner with four people unless, of course, you're a full-on wino, er, I mean, "oenophile."
Livermore Valley Wine, Part 2
Fenestra is another great Livermore Valley winery. On a recent wine-tasting trip, Fenestra was the first stop, which was good and bad. Good, because they had a lot of great wines and I still had enough money to buy all the ones I liked. Bad, because they had about twenty wines to taste, which meant, even if I had spit out every wine I tasted, which is what you're supposed to do, I still would have been a little tipsy for the next several wineries we visited.

One of the Fenestra wines I got which was incredible was a 2000 Livermore Valley Estate Syrah. A syrah is a red wine. This one is very dry, but not bitter, and has a hint of citrus. Unfortunately, my palate is not so sophisticated or developed to give you a better description, so all I can add is this wine and many others they make are great, and worth hunting down. Also, they have some very good ports, which they sell in half bottles, a good size for gifts (not to be cheap but because ports are very rich so that makes it a better size to drink with a few people after dinner).
Visit their site to learn more about their wines.
Victory vs. Defeat
"Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
Count Galeazzo Ciano, journal entry, Sept. 9, 1942.
Another Reason For Not Drilling in Alaska
A White House spokesman confirmed on Saturday that President Bush is deciding whether to lift a ban on oil and gas drilling in federal waters off Alaska's Bristol Bay. The Bay is home to endangered whales and sea lions, and to the world's largest sockeye salmon run. Leases for drilling were canceled in 1989 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Of course, protecting the environment is a good reason for not drilling for oil in Alaska. However, as our President rushes to pay back some of his biggest supporters, the oil companies, he forgets what he claims to be his strength: national security. Once our nation's domestic oil and natural gas reserves are gone, they will be gone for good, and we will be that much more dependent on foreign oil. And how much oil is there in Bristol Bay? Only enough to replace what the United States imports in 16 DAYS! Yes, our dear President is willing to trade away a finite national resource to pay back his oil buddies, and the net benefit will be delaying our importation of oil for just over two weeks.

So come on, any true conservatives out there. Talk some sense into that President of yours. The oil and gas reserves are like money in a bank account with an interest rate that will just keep getting higher, except it's money that can't be replaced once it's withdrawn. Feeding SUVs today for 16 days is not a justification for trading away our future economic independence. So even if you could not care less about whales, please do something to protect our nation's security.