Happy Hump Day and Help Support the Arts!

Happy Hump Day to all and wanted to let everyone know that I am going to try to continue with my new video blog, “Costa Rica Chronicles” even though Google wrongfully shut down my account. I am asking everyone that enjoys what I do to please donate what you can through Paypal to robinsonderek@hotmail.com and also receive my new books, “Breathe” and “Found Ground” as a token of my appreciation.  Much Love, Layden.

Escape Villas Costa Rica

Want to get hooked up with the ultimate Costa Rican Vacation?   This is place to do it- http://www.villascostarica.com/

New YouTube Channel

Hello from Escazu, Costa Rica and please check out, comment on and subscribe to my new video blog, “Costa Rica Chronicles” filled with comedy, music and random scenes of positive madness.   Cheers, Layden.   http://www.youtube.com/user/LaydenRobinson/featured


BI Wine Selection

    Hello from Escazu, Costa Rica about 20 minutes up in the mountains outside of San Jose and wanted to tell you about a wonderful, quaint wine shop called “BI Wine Selection”  I came across yesterday.

     With a nice selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy and France I felt right at home, greeted by the friendly smiling staff of Nurys, Daliya and Jairo who immediately offered me assistance, asking if I would like to try some wines;  NOW YOU’RE TALKIN!  🙂

      The first of the two wines I tasted was a 2007 Limited Novas Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon- Carmenere Blend made from Organic grapes and was one of the best Chilean wines I have ever had.  With a contemplative, concentrated nose of sweet perfume, faint green pepper and orange zest, this medium bodied wine on the palate offers a rich spectrum of dark fruit, balanced fresh soil with balanced acidity.  🙂 


          With a wonderful start, I was treated by Nurys, Daliya and Jairo to another scrumptious wine, a 2007 Agriverde Riseis Montepulciano D ‘ Abruzzo.  Old World and Rich, this Italian red offers a bouquet of leather and rustic earth while lending a pleasant tartness, flavors of cranberry, baked cherry pie and toasted vanilla on the palate.  A little heavy on the tannin, but with age and paired with a hearty Italian meal, this wine will be perfect! 

       After being treated like a dear friend even though I was stranger, I thanked my gracious hosts and went about my way off into the soothing sunshine smiling both on the inside and out, realizing I had stumbled across a perfect moment in time and a fabulous wine shop.   Please visit BI Wine Selection at http://biwineselection.com/.  

Costa Rica Chronicles

Here is my new video blog.  Hope everyone enjoys and takes the crazy ride.  Just click on the links below the wonderful picture and enjoy!

Costa Rica Chronicles- Intro

Costa Rica Chronicles- Uno

Costa Rica Chronicles- Dos

Costa Rica Chronicles- Tres- Random Thoughts

Costa Rica Chronicles- Cuatro- The Pad and “T” Squared

Costa Rica Chronicles-Cinco- San Jose and Hotel Del Rey

Costa Rica Chronicles-Seis- A Candid Moment with Layden Robinson

Costa Rica Chronicles-Siete- First Rain

Costa Rica Chronicles-Ocho- A View of the Patio

Costa Rica Chronicles-Nueve- Wine Tasting


I absolutely love this concept.   60 wines in 6 days by train with Allie Merrick.   Cheers and enjoy this wonderful journey and ride!      http://www.trainsipping.com/

Hans York

Hans York is a Man of Freedom that shares his Heart and Soul with all and has inspired many songs from my new album “Greatest and Otherwise”.      http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/greatest-and-otherwise/id416176197

Margerum Wine Company

After starting out my day at The magnificent Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, I made my way to Ancapa Street finding the embracing Margerum Wine Company.

From the minute I entered The Margerum Wine Company’s tasting room, I had the feeling this was going to be the fantastic afternoon as the combination of Santa Barbara’s angelic vibe of solace and perfect weather intertwined with the thought of tasting some great wines, sounded like  a one way ticket to Heaven.

” How’s it going today?”    I was greeted inside Margerum Wine Company’s Tasting Room by a wonderfully pleasant, laid back Wine Guru who immediately made me feel welcome, attentive to my every need.

After a couple minute taking  in our pleasing surroundings,  I chose to have a glass of the  Margerum 2005 Syrah, being that I had heard that The Rhone Varieties were Santa Barbara’s forte.

       This by far has to be one of the best American Syrahs I have had with rounded concentrated offerings of Boysenberry and Blackberries, smooth mild tannin, and undertone of rich earth with a tinge of black licorce.  So refreshing to taste an American Syrah that doesn’t taste young and green;  The only thing I could have wished from this wine was it holding a little bit firmer in the mid palate and to have had a longer of finish, but nonetheless, a very pleasant wine with wonderful integrity.

Starting to feel the part and let all of my worries fall by the wayside, I made my way to my second selection; A Modern Day California Super Tuscan 2001 Vita Nova Reservatum consisting of 45% Sangiovese,  33% Cabernet Franc and 22% Merlot.

     For someone besides the Italians to attempt a blend like this seems like a suicide mission, but to my surprise, the wine comes off quite well with a pleasing rustic bouquet of dried earth, baked cranberries, red cherries and raspberries.   My only knock on this wine is how rugged the tannin was and unfortunately long term, i don’t feel it is the type of  tannin that will soften and smooth itself out entirely.

The third and final wine I tried on my visit to Margerum Wine Company was my favorite wine of the day, A 2002 Santa Marie Valley Au Bon Climat  “Knox Valley”  Estate Bottled Pinot Noir; (  Try and say that all in one breath.)

       This impressive Pinot Noir comes off very Burgundian and has a seductive aroma of sweet bark, ripe red cherries and raspberries with pristine acidity and a peaceful finish; (  If i were a richer man I would have been walking out of M.W.C with every single last bottle of this! )     🙂

Granted,  i wasn’t able to walk out of Margerum Wine Company with case upon case of all of their fine wines, but i did walk out of Margerum Wine Company feeling fullfilled, happy, enlightened and treated first class.  

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Ventura California

   Here are some wonderful pics of the harbor and beach in Ventura, CA complements of Lady T!     




Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

   Here are a couple shots of Santa Barbara taking at the end of the Stearns Wharf by Lady T.  Cheers and please support my Hoboness and Independent Music by downloading my new album “Greatest and Otherwise” at ITunes.


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