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What a long strange trip it’s been.

Here we are in late September, 2020, and the glimmers of hope in the economy trailing by seem more like hallucinations.  For the wine business in California, it’s one step forward, two steps back.  But Californians are resilient.  We are getting through this and we will survive to make wine another day.

Fires, Pandemic, Recession oh my!!!  Where do we go from here?  It can only be up.  

Vote, wear a mask, be vigilant and prepared for an evacuation.  Take care of yourselves and others.  Be kind and empathetic to the plight of others and most important of all: get ready for the BOOM!

The BOOM! is coming.  Hang on baby.  2021 is just around the corner.  Engaged leadership, more science, vaccines and treatments, economic relief and a release of pent up demand will take us back to our favorite restaurants, staying hotels on vacation, flying to exotic destinations and visiting wine country again.  We just need to survive the rest of 2020.

We can do it!!!


Out from Under the Shade Tree

I got out, for a minute, from under the shade tree in my back patio.  Then there were protests and riots. So I went back into the shade.

Then I got back out and I went to wine country.  Along came a spike in Covid cases.  Now i’m inside.  

Los Angeles is red, burning on media maps.  I turn up the Air conditioning, staying inside.

Staying hopeful, I take the test.  It is awful.  It is quick.  It is painful.

They got quite the sample, made me do it to myself.  When I want answers, I’m aggressive, can’t trust myself with a swab.  It still hurts.

Not good with pain, don’t like the heat, don’t want to get sick.  

Stay nside crank the ac and chill the whites.  

I’m impatient.  Results took forever.  Negative…yeah.

Stay safe ~ David Gary

July 2020

What can I say? I’m starting something that I’ve always wanted to. Suddenly, I have the time to expand on something I’ve been doing for a long time. I’ve been selling wine to friends for as long as I’ve been selling wine professionally. It’s more of a lifestyle than a job, if you are in the right situation.

In chaotic times, there is great hardship. My hope is that there will be great prosperity afterward. Until then, we all feel the uncertainty.

Like many, I’m furloughed from my position. A position that I loved because I could buy and sell a lot of really great wines to cool people that were interested in what I had to say.

I miss so much about my job, especially the wine chat. So this is my new vehicle. This website, newsletter, wine club, etc. There is much to do and much to say about wine. Now I am typing as opposed to speaking wine.

It’s an adjustment, but that is life, is it not? My office was a cellar, the restaurant floor, the bar, the shared computer space, the meeting huddles, no more. I’m on my patio, hiding under the orange tree in a beach chair under a Tommy Bahama umbrella.

I can’t wait for the future, none of us can. We all want a little of the normal that we lost. If I can at least show some people the cool wines I’ve met over the years I will be satisfied, somewhat. Thank you for reading and as always,


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