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In 2015 I gifted myself with several wine and food toys. It was imperative. ish.
By making a last grasp into the pockets of those who keep them in business, they have shown that the customer experience is secondary to their gluttony.
Among her other jobs, she was a caterer in the deep South yet had never attended any kind of culinary school. Culinary schools were not available for daughters of ex-slaves in the Deep South in the middle of the 20th century.
Great. I have your attention. Now. Back away from the gutter.
But, as you can probably guess, after a weekend with the grandkids where I did not drink much, I looked forward to having this at home with my feet up and the TV going. Perfect.
Don't get me wrong; my day-to-day interactions with folks in the wine trade have been terrific and I *feel* the respect once we get started talking about/tasting/studying wine. They know I know my shit and that I'm open to learning when I don't.
As I said in the first post introducing this series, many of the wineries will be on overlapping wine trails.
There are scads more "wine trails" in the Paso Robles/Central Coast area than I thought was humanly possible. I must be nuts.
I won't name any names, but I recently spoke with a Master Sommelier whose lip actually curled (!!!) when talking about Paso Robles Cabs. Was that a sneer or what?!?
Cork and Other Closures
Every time I find a video about cork, I will post it. This was a news report from last year, and somehow I missed it!
I feel the environmental impact of the cork industry cannot be underestimated.
If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.
It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.
My recommendation? There are lots of other properties in town that don't charge for parking because they already know and appreciate that you're supporting their businesses by paying for rooms, gaming, shows, events, food, shopping, and more. MGM just wants a pound more flesh.