“In the present century, rationality has returned and we’re trying to free ourselves from these neutral and safe wines, lacking character, that want to please everyone and impose a worldwide criteria for taste (globalization of taste), the great danger of current oenology.” – David Sampedro “En este siglo XXI ha vuelto la racionalidad e intentamos liberaros de esos vinos neutros y ‘seguros’, sin carácter, que … Continue reading Great Danger of Current Oenology
I’ve done some crazy things in my life, falling in love and marrying a crazy, rebel winemaker, moving halfway across the world to be with him, publishing a memoir about our love … but my latest venture may exceed my past. I recently cashed out my 401K retirement to save old vines. Shortly after moving to Elvillar to be with David, we were exploring … Continue reading Saving Old Vines: (Part 1) My 401K “Hapa” Vineyard
“The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” – Winston Churchill Since I’ve known David, he has shared the story of his grandfather, an animal lover, who worked with horses in the vineyards. One year when two horses died in the same year, his uncles purchased a tractor and never looked back. Shortly after this change, his grandfather passed away. David’s … Continue reading Why We Prefer Natural Horsepower
Those who know David can attest to the fact that he marches to the beat of his own drum. He’s always had that trailblazer gene, finding it difficult to conform to societies norms even in his younger days. He is unafraid of doing things differently and speaking his mind, which for the most part has served him well. But while his boldness helped him build a uniquely … Continue reading Life with a Rebel
Thank you for visiting our new blog. We are two “struggling vines” with a lot of dreams. A husband and wife team with a boutique winery located in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, Spain. David is the talent behind the wines, a man of few words that works tirelessly in the vineyards and winery. I’m the communication side of the business … I love to tell our stories! … Continue reading Who We Are
I’ve never thought of myself as the type person who likes to inflict harm on others or myself, but through the self-publishing of my memoir, I’ve often found myself wondering “Why in the hell am I doing this?” And every time this thought occurs, a little voice inside me says, “Don’t think. Just do as I say.” Maybe I should be concerned with this little … Continue reading An Inner “Calling” or Sadistic Self-Publishing?
Deepak Chopra speaking about spirituality in business at Columbia Business School, “I define spirituality as self-awareness, compassion, integrity, authenticity, love, service, honesty.” Deepak Chopra: Spirituality in Business Continue reading Spirituality in Business