Saturday, March 14, 2009

On Turning 40

I turned 40 this week.

I never thought about this impending milestone much, figuring it was just another birthday. But as the hours ticked down I got into a panic of sorts ... a few good bottles of wine shared with many friends over a few days were just the thing to ease my anxieties.

Well, "The Big 4-oh" has come and gone, and the dead soldiers include a 1994 Pontet Canet, a 2001 Command, a 1999 Pian delle Vigne, two nifty Spanish wines and the Kanonkops ('01/'02, see above).

More soon...

11 comments:

Edward said...

Joe,

Happy birthday and congratulations on the milestone! Sadly I will be joining you (at the precipice) later this year:)

Barry said...

Young guns.....I have a birthday of Friday....and I'm 23 years ahead of you Joe..and you as well Ed..and that's a lot of great wine in that time..you'll NEVER catch up guys.....
and I am still playing soccer..have a radio show...can click my heels in the air..can open a bottle of wine...now there were some other things in a dream I had recently...

Shea said...

Happy birthday! I feel like a young'un amongst this crowd (still about a decade to go) but there's no substitute for experience. I've very much appreciated your perspective on wine and hope you keep it coming. Cheers!

Brooklynguy said...

Happy Birthday! Hope all is well.

Joe said...

Ed - I knew you couldn't hide behind that "30-something" much longer...

Barry - your birthday means two things: (1) your cellar is finally fantastic, and (2) no point in collecting now!

Shea - I hope a ten year head start is good for something. Some of us gain wisdom with age, some of us just get old and opinionated - let's hope I keep and open mind and don't start to get set in my ways.

Neil - I feel pretty lucky to have my health, a great family, and a wonderful cellar full of wine that allows to avoid the wine shop while I rebuild the balance sheet.

Cheers to all - don't stop writing!

Fadi said...

Happy 40th birthday Joe and congrat on an excellent wine blog which I hope you'll keep on producing for years to come...Cheers

Sonadora said...

A little belated, but many happy returns!

borracha said...

Hi Joe,
Happy birthday.. Just recently began following your blog and love it.
Cheers!

Barry said...

Joe..have you retired at 40.....or are you waiting for 40 posts of congratulations?......
Happy Birthday...

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Vinogirl said...

Happy birthday...we March babies are the best.

Joe said...

Hi Fadi, many thanks, and sorry for the lengthy absence...

Hi Megan - I'd give you a hard time about your tardiness if I hadn't been so far away from this blog as of late. I hope 40 keeps coming back over and over again...

Thanks for your kind words Borracha.

Ok Barry, I've left it a bit too long...I get the message.

Hi Vinogirl, Happy Birthday to you as well - those pictures of budbreak are just the thing to cheer up an old man.

Thanks Everyone!