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For ten years I’ve tried to distance Jeff’s Corner from the difficult times we live in and allow it to be a sanctuary for wine lovers where we (myself included) could immerse ourselves in our passion while we learn some things and hopefully have a few laughs.

The COVID-19 virus, however, has changed our lives in ways that were unimaginable a month ago, and I can’t sit here and type-away as if it hasn’t. What I can do is extend a warm and lasting hug to everyone and urge us to be safe, smart, patient and avoid fear and panic. To quote William Faulkner, “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.”   

There is some exciting GCV news to talk about, however! Our 2018 red and 2019 white and sweet wines will boast a brand new (and really cool) label. You can check it out in this nifty photo that will be included with our April Wine Club allocation.

Jeff’s Corner

Greetings from beautiful northern Sonoma County. This morning I finished judging the very prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for the fifth consecutive year. The SFCWC is the first (and largest) American wine competition of the year. This year we had over 6700 entries from more than 1500 wineries representing at least 13 states. I was fortunate to be one of 65 judges from around the country.

The past four days I have judged close to 400 wines, and in the next couple weeks I’ll share lots of cool insights into the event, including how our beloved GCV wines fared. Right now, however, I’m pretty damn tired, but before I drag my purple teeth to bed I want to share my coolest experience to date.

In my last flight of three days of medal rounds (the fourth day is the Sweepstakes round), my panel judged a flight of 69 Cabernet Sauvignons priced $90.00 and up. I’ve mentioned before that judging the SFCWC is like playing in the World Series. Being assigned this flight, however, is like being given the ball to pitch game 7. Great googley moogley, this is the most coveted flight in the event, and beyond a doubt the most difficult challenge in my 40 year wine career.

More about this later as well, but right now I really need to get horizontal.

Cheers!

Jeff’s Corner

Hey, Hey, Hey, and Happy, Happy New Year

Well, our cat Rio Frio had a memorable first Christmas, and managed to make her way into the dog house big time. She gave Kath THREE really cool gifts, and I got nothing! No cat nip for her for a long time coming.

Anyway, we took some time out (as promised last episode), and enjoyed some quality porch therapy with some older (meaning not current) vintages of GCV wine. I didn’t make “formal” notes, but here are some thoughts the little Elf and I shared regarding some lovely wines.

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