All in Community
Being in physical therapy (PT) while maintaining a daily job in any industry is difficult enough, but alcohol is known to be an inflammatory agent for joints and tissues, even though it can seem like a salve to take away physical pain that we may feel.
These past few weeks, something’s happened that Beck and I sincerely hoped would happen when A Balanced Glass got up and running two years ago. And yet it still took us by surprise.
It’s the most important trade event for anyone concerned with Italian wine, and Beck and I have been regular attendees for several years now. This time it was different, at least for me…
Traveling for work is stressful enough, with its time away from family and friends, constant wining and dining, time zones, hotel rooms and another multi-course dinner. But there’s nothing WORSE than getting sick on top of all of that.
So we asked you, any interest in an ABG meet-up during Vinitaly? You said Yes.
NO-one has time for meditation during VinItaly, but that is EXACTLY why we are convening this group.
A Balanced Glass was invited as guests on an upcoming podcast hosted by Sonoma-based Garden Society, which produces chef-inspired confections with low-dose cannabis as an ingredient. What we discovered was beyond what we imagined.
Arguably the most stressful time of the year, this week we check in with a bunch of Australian winemakers to hear what is in their tool-box to help cope with the manic months that are “vintage.”
This week, between a super quick trip to wine country and a full slate of tastings, email threads and meetings IRL, I intentionally sought out efforts by colleagues and friends who prioritize wellness in their lives.
If you have tuned in to any wine news over the past weeks and months, there exists a heightened level of concern around the lack of engagement, consumption and overall interest by the millennial demographic with the wine category.
Team work can be a great way to get things done in life, but how do you collaborate at work when you don’t feel empowered to initiate it, or when you aren’t leading a chain of command?
Yes, we can do big things. But we can do small things too. And that’s where I’d like to start this year: not with monumental changes or tectonic shifts of disruption or pendulum swings toward massive goals, but with nudges and increments and edging ever so much closer.
As Cathy aptly wrote last week when she suggested we consider a “word of the year,” my inner hare set off in a leap of ideas, thoughts, musings and considerations. Pen in hand, I furiously scrawled all indecipherable manner of words – commitment, transparency, ethics, progress, non-judgment. But I landed on a word that jolted me out of my seat at the recent Wine2Wine conference in Verona.
Stressful situations can all trigger blood pressure to rise, muscles to tighten, and likely cause you to hold your breath as your sympathetic nervous system kicks in, and your body prepares for “fight or flight”. So stop holding your breath and rty thee techniques.
R.H. Drexel, wine writer extraordinaire and a panelist that day, has just released the Woman's Issue of Loam Baby: A Wine Culture Journal, which is chock-full of profiles and straight-talk and narratives and straight-talk and features and did I mention straight-talk?
Of all the gifts of mindfulness, drishti is at the top of my personal list of favorite benefits.
Last week’s post on the latest findings of the SevenFifty Daily gender study in wine certainly stirred the pot, and this week we wanted to pause and spotlight the community’s responses.