Skip to main content

Wine Country Vacation - Monday

Today we had two objectives. 1) To eat lunch at Coppola's newly redone Rustic, and 2) to round out my case of wines I was bringing back.

Coppola's Rustic, formerly Russo & Bianco, formerly Chateau Souverain. They remodeled and took the castle towers down, so the place doesn't look like the Bastille anymore. 


The interior dining area is entirely new

This view hasn't changed, thank God. This is table #81. Ask for it.

Fearless Leader! He'll probably ask me to take this picture down as well. 

Chris (and our waitress. Oops)

Trouble.

Some knick knacks that Coppola had laying around. :-)



The tasting room. This is the only place on earth that has more bottles of Coppola's Claret than my recycle bin.

Stepping out of the elevator to get down the hillside is a lot like entering a Holodeck when the doors open. I know, I'm a nerd.

The vinyards at UNTI. God, I love this winery's stuff. 

The Barrel/Tasting room at UNTI

My favorite winery in all of California. Taldeschi.

In the tasting room Dan Taldeschi was signing bottles for some event. I insisted I wouldn't but anything that wasn't signed after that. He obliged. :-)

That's all! I'm packed up and heading back to San Francisco shortly to catch my flight back home to Detroit: City of Tomorrow[tm]. It's been a great trip with excellent food, wine, and company. That being said, 10 days is a long time to be away from home, and tonight I get to sleep in my own bed. I can't wait.

Comments

  1. Great pictures and post - I'll have to check out Taldeschi's next time I venture to the wine country. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to CA and shared some of your experiences with us!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Crowdsourcing Curation: The Social Graph as Gatekeeper

I've written before about the compromise we tacitly agree to when amateurs take over the roles formerly held by professionsals. The Internet promotes this takeover by lowering the cost of production and transmission to near zero for nearly every user, for everything from words (blogs) to pictures (Flickr) to video (YouTube).

As Clay Shirky put it so well: As freedom to produce increases, average quality necessarily goes down. For example: Thanks to Flickr, we now have access to a mind-boggling array of beautiful pictures, but that's partly because we simply have access to a mind boggling array of pictures, period. Some of these, of course, are beautiful; but there are a lot more of Aunt Bettie's 43rd picture of a bundt cake than of an Annie Leibovitz Rolling Stone cover.

It is at this point that many people interject: "This is the problem with the internet! It's full of crap!" Many would argue that without professional producers, editors, publishers, and the …

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

An old friend recently reached out to me (and presumably others) and asked us what advice we'd give our younger selves, particularly at ages 20, 30 and 40.


After writing my response to him, I thought it worth posting myself as well. 

The substantive bulk of my response to him follows:

-----

The difficult thing is that I really wouldn't change a thing about who I am, so any call for advice feels a bit like a time-traveler scenario where my advice to a younger self would affect the outcome of my present life, and I'm not sure I'd risk it. My experiences shaped me, including the glaring mistakes, and I wouldn't trade places today with anyone on Earth. But, for the sake of argument, let's assume the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics here, and thus assume I won't mess my own (present) life up.


It is also important to note that the question is "What advice would you give your younger self?". The answers below are specific and personal to me and…

Intellectual Property and Deflation of the Knowledge Economy

[Update: This accidentally became a series of posts on a theme.


Does Intellectual Property Law Foster Innovation?Where I question the efficacy of patent and copyright in a socially networked world.


Intellectual Property and the Deflation of the Knowledge Economy - (this post) Where I toy with the idea that the Knowledge Economy may not turn out to be much of an economy, especially when it comes to Intellectual Property


The Economic Reset Button- Where Jeff Jarvis asks Eric Schmidt whether or not this is a fundamental shift in the economic base


Innovative Deflation- Where I ask, "Is the knowledge economy ripe for growth, or is it the means by which traditional economies are shrunk?" ]

Friday night I was discussing the future of intellectual property law with some friends. My argument, in a nutshell:

Every business model relying on intellectual property law (patent and copyright) is heading for massive deflation in our lifetimes. We've seen it with the music industry and news…