A holiday poem
As 2009 turns to twenty-oh-ten it’s time to remember old friends once again
So pull up a chair and read for a while, and we’ll try to reward with a big Christmas smile
Congrats on the baby (though the Guv race was gruesome) to Jennifer S. and her hubby Gav Newsom
And load up the fireplace with Yuletide logs as we lift up a toast to our friends, the wine blogs
The Rockaway spat brought some bad attitude, but without it we wouldn’t have known 1 Wine Dude
No need at this time to get all snarky and cranky, so here’s to Jess J. and the lovely Ms. Banke
To the Diazes, Jose and his ex-Mainer Jo, who sing Petite Sirah’s praises wherever they go
And to Allison Langhoff — she knows what it’s for — and the charmingly wonderful Ms. Caroline Shaw
To various Mondavis, 3 cheers long and loud, and here’s wishing the same to the Rubicon crowd
LaFollette and Bjornstad, the two mighty Gregs, whose Pinots we relish from first sip to dregs
The North Coast’s Mike Thompson and Bobby the Koch fight our political foes with a fearsome left hook.
In Santa Barbara there’s good Rick Longoria and my pal Kathy Josephs — their wine can’t go wrongia!
To Greg Brewer and Melville and Foley Estate and the gracious Sao Anash for services great
A bit up the coast let us now dally and pay our respects to the young Brian Talley
Come now we to Highlands of the Santa Lucias, where smiling Pisonis are so glad to see ya!
For J.C. Boisset and his newlywed Gina, a long happy marriage, may nothing come betweena!
And a toast to the wine books, each one of them diamonds, at Sonoma’s Wine Library, and to Mr. Bo Simons
In the great Napa Valley, where Cabernet’s darlin’, lift a glass of the good stuff to the reigning Bill Harlan
To my intern, Chuck Flanders, for all of your chores, and all my good buds at the UPS Store
In no special order, the names come to me, Terrien, Goldschmidt, Cabral, Dan Lee
Peterson (Heidi) and Edwards (so Merry), may your New Year be happy, and so very very
To my fellow wine scribes, a bit battered, not broken: Goldfarb – Berger – Pitcher and Olken
To the publishers from whom I derive income and fun, the wonderful Adam and Sybil Strum
To the crowd at the zine — Tim, Joe and Sue K., a perfect 100 points is coming your way!
To van Staaveren (Margo) and Beckstoffer (Andy) and Adam, of Ojai, and Ullom (Sir Randy)
For Tchelistcheff, gone but not nearly forgotten, for all of the love he to us has begotten
For AVAs existing and those yet to come, for wines that are dry and those sweet as they come
For Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinots Noir and Gris, and to wine’s central essence, still a great mystery
To all these, and more, let us now end this session with a hope that we’ve seen the tail end of recession
And the last but not least, cuz I really do need ya, a huge shoutout to each wonderful Steve reader!