Things I’m thankful for…and Other Notes on a Wine Card.

I’m going to be taking the next week off for the Thanksgiving holiday as my son and I travel to Texas for a family reunion.  I’d like to take this time to give thanks for all that has been.

I’d like to give thanks for the upcoming road trip that my son and I are going to embark on.  Joaquin loves to travel and he’s a great travel companion and guide. I know he will always have the spark to travel and explore.

I give thanks for being in good health and that my family is in good health.

I give thanks for working in a field that allows me to taste and explore the vast array of wines that we are fortunate to have here in California and throughout the world.

I give thanks for my family and friends. I am very lucky to have friends that I’ve known for over 50 years that still keep in touch with me and support me and my family.  I am also lucky to have a loving family that will forever be there for me no matter what.

I give thanks for all those who have touched my life and my son’s life throughout the years.

I give thanks each day for being able to sit down at the dinner table and share a meal with my best friend – my son.

I give thanks to my ex-wife – Joaquin’s mom – for being such a devoted mother to him and for being a dear friend to me throughout the years.  I thank her for the greatest gift I have ever received in my lifetime – my son.

I give thanks to the Chicago White Sox.  Throughout the years they taught me to be patient in times of frustration and sorrow.

I give thanks to the San Antonio Spurs for showing me what teamwork and hard work can achieve and of course for POPS!

I give thanks to the checks and balances that our founding fathers put in place for now obvious reasons.

I give thanks to Stephen Colbert for being a modern day Hans Christian Andersen as he reminds us all of the message of the Emperor’s New Clothes.

I give thanks for winemakers such as Coby Parker-Garcia, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave Pisoni, Morgan Twain Peterson, and others for showing me what passion and dedication can bring to a bottle of wine.

And finally, I give thanks to my son.  He has shown me throughout the years what the phrase unconditional love truly means.  He has shown me what it means to never quit and to never give up no matter how many times you might want to. He has shown me the way to being a better human being and a better father.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you take the time to give thanks for what has been and say YES! to what shall be.





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