“We’re glad you’re here.” That was the simple opening line of our first ABG post one year ago today. And here’s 10 lessons you’ve taught us over the last year together.
Imagine if you got to witness the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the United States. Here’s a little of what you would have seen, if you could transport yourself back a few decades…
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.
Let’s face it. For a lot of us, travel is one of those things that really move the needle of our work lives. We travel to make an impact. We travel to expand our professional reach but travel is also one of those things that throws us off balance. Big time.
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.
Self care is a thing that, as we can all attest, way too often gets pushed far down the to-do list, in lieu of work things and family things and just about everything but self-things.
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.
Beck and I are, basically, polar opposites. Seriously. Most of the time, I’m the tortoise to her hare. The Virgo to her Aquarius. The bullet points to her mind map. The how-to to her why-not. It’s a wonder that anything ever gets done around here.
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?
Moderation? Ha! When you are being paid to grow, produce, promote, sell and market a product that soaks the Holiday season, navigating a life with a little more balance and less booze can be nigh impossible.
Of all the gifts of mindfulness, drishti is at the top of my personal list of favorite benefits.
Spare time and physical exercise can be an implausible pairing when traveling for work. Disruptors such as a unfamiliar hotel surroundings, sleep interruption, time zone changes and jetlag add weight to pressing deadlines, while family commitments don’t stay behind when you leave home.
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.