I’m sad the Seahawks couldn’t get past the Packers to make it to the NFC Championship game. However, they lost their top two running backs prior to the playoffs, so to get as far as they did is awesome. It was fun to get Lynch back, and he did have quite an impact in the red zone. You can’t win a championship without your best running backs even as good as Wilson is. It was a great season and I look forward to next year. Metcalf will be fun to watch as he matures. The tandem of Lockett and Metcalf should give Russell Wilson a powerful arsenal in the future. I only hope that Schneider and Pete concentrate on beefing up the offensive line in the off-season.

Susie and I are planning our next trip to Europe and it’s looking like the south of France. I have always wanted to visit the Rhone Valley where some of my favorite wines come from. A stop in Bandol wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all. It’s fun to start reaching out to wineries in those areas and planning visits. I can see a ton of material for my YouTube channel as well as my blogs coming out of this trip. We are just in the planning stages right now and as things develop, I will keep you in the loop.

My number one goal for 2020 is to finish my book. I think I’ve shared this before. I have been working on a memoir about my career in the wine world and how I developed as a wine specialist and writer. Long ago, I thought of a title for the book and I have worked on it sporadically throughout the past few years. Now is the time to focus my energy on finishing what I started a long time ago. I believe the appeal will be my blue-collar approach to the wine business and wine itself. I have long been repulsed by wine snobbery and the shrowd of mystery and elitism some try to make the wine world into. A lot of people are afraid to even talk about wine because they feel unqualified. It’s a beverage for Christ’s sake and it should be treated as such. I think movies like Somm are good because they get people excited about the wine world, but I also think it can intimidate some folks when they try to digest all there is to know about the subject. Hopefully the book I am writing will put things into perspective and make it a fun subject for the average consumer to talk about.

Susie is encouraging me to make a compilation of Bits & Bobs and put that into book form. I think it is a great idea, especially since it is already written. I will be giving that some serious thought in 2020 as well. I also need to work on a look into the future for this coming year. What trends in the wine world do I see coming? I have a lot to share, so look for that article coming out shortly.

I want to thank all of you who are supporting my YouTube channel. It means so much to me and I am very excited to implement some new ideas for this coming year. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, I love to watch my audience grow.


Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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