My Time in Amsterdam


AMSTERDAM 1999

  The “Blues” rang through a smoky pub on a Friday evening in the heart of Holland, as I embraced my surfacing feelings one by one, taking in every moment, every beat of my erratic heart. (Don’t you see I want to be free and sing like a figure of divinity?) I wanted to sing so magnificently, dissecting the in between day time and night time sky so that every Angel above would acknowledge me, wishing to make love to me. I wandered for a bit hearing wonderful melodies all around me, as I made my way through Amsterdam’s famous Vondelpark.

I have everything: The strength of optimism, my beautiful mind, my bountiful soul. (God, old Aretha Franklin has a way of getting deep down inside of you.) In every direction there are vibrant, beautiful, crazy fucking characters surrounding me, not one ever missing a beat.

THIS IS AMSTERDAM!

   Most people come to Amsterdam to experiment, not knowing what they are looking for. But I knew why I had come to Amsterdam. (It was to let go everything go, to expand my spirit, be able to truly taste life for the very first time.)

I have come to be at peace over the last several days of my life, grow like a plot of tulips surrounded by a pack of still, guarding, silver reptiles silently staring at all. In Europe, the groove is everything. (The Europeans listen and are hip to the heaviest music going!) I nurse a frosty beer while riding an Ecstasy haze, feeling every sound of the illustrious Music move through me, growing inside of me. In the corner of a Beatnik café, I find myself falling deeper and deeper into a Alfred Hitchcock “Vertigo” poster that’s framed on a pulsating tavern wall. [HITCHCOCK WAS THE MUTHAFUCKER ALRIGHT!]

“I love any man who can raise the dead,”   I acknowledge to myself.

[Voice from a Universal voice.]   “How can you escape the sounds of Soul while riding the Soul train?”

“You can’t. Either you accept the ride, or you continue to live in denial.”

   Accepting, rather than declining the ride, makes me believe I am alive, somehow part of all “This!”; This life, this existence, this GIFT. I wish one day to form a band that will emotionally challenge every creature it confronts. (Amsterdam is the place.) I can feel 100% pure euphoria running through each of my throbbing veins. (The only thing I can’t do is fly. I tried to, but fell flat on my fucking face.)

Sunny days I walk without a care, feeling like the hand of God is guiding my every step. I look over my shoulder and realize that Life truly is a miracle, a gift, a sensational blessing that most of the time we take for granted. To be continued…

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2007 Chateau De Bel-Air Lalande De Pomerol


This feminine structured Right Bank Bordeaux compiled of 75% Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, gifts red currant, faint lilac, plum and cedar on the nose while expressing dark chocolate, soil and cranberry on the palate;  proceeding into a bright red berry finish, this wine would pair well with roasted chicken or a duck.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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2009 Chateau du Petit Thouars Cabernet Franc


This 100% Cabernet Franc from the Touraine Appellation in The Loire Valley has a rich purple hue while offering a nose of concentrated perfume, black currant and white pepper. Expressing juicy dark fruit on the front palate, this medium bodied wine shifts to dryer dark fruit on the mid palate, lending light lingering tannin while finishing with a light, pleasant herbaceousness that faintly lingers. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing. 

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Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2009


Rancid with flavors of wretched Cranberry juice and something else I can’t put my finger on; The Wine Point System is based on advertising dollar and a colossal scam.  Keep drinking and for the Love of God, do not purchase this wine.

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Felsina 2008 Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva


This Medium bodied Tuscan treasure lends a tremendous bouquet of definitive toasted oak, cigarbox and faint lime zest while offering classic flavors of tart red cherries and cranberries with lingering, semi heavy tannin and conservative finish. Wish the wine was a bit bolder, but nonetheless a thumbs up experience. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing. 

Wimbledon Men’s Semifinals


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2009 Domaine Les Escondudes Chateauneuf-du-Pape


This full bodied Southern Rhone blend offers an elegant, refined nose of damp earth, clay, herbaceousness and a subliminal hint of toasted vanilla oak.  With a compact offering of tobacco, white pepper, unsweetened black licorice and vanilla extract on the palate; this wine is not a sipping wine and finishes with a semi course, lingering tannin.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Villa Pillo Rosso di Toscana Cingalino 2009


Had this red blend table wine last night with homemade Chicken Cacciatore and it was flat across the board.

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2005 Chateau Coufran Haut-Medoc


Massive, thick, Left Bank Bordeaux with a captivating color of ruby red fused with plum purple, lending a enriched bouquet of toasted oak, dark cherry, damp gravel and leaves.  This wine is definitely structured to be paired with a hearty main course offering thick dark red fruit, rich soil, unsweetened baking chocolate and nutmeg on the palate.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

2009 Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges


This 100% Cabernet Franc from The Loire Valley in France has a thick, rustic bouquet of barnyard, lillacs, lavender and leather while offering smooth tannin, brooding dark fruit, dried herbs, unsweetened black licorice and a refreshing, semi burst of semi sweet blackberry in the mid palate.  This wine will absolutely throw you for a loop if you are use to drinking California wines.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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