Friday, September 28, 2007

Work and Play

so blogger is giving me trouble so the images are all disorganized. But i am so sorry to have been bad about being in touch with people, things here have been so busy with harvest season. We have been working 10 to 13 hour days everyday since i got here, so today we decided we needed a break from things, my aunt surprised us by taking us out to the beach for a fresh oyster BBQ and picnic to destress a bit. It was amazing.

the burgers just keep coming... (not from the picnic)

one great thing about living in Japan, the thought of raw seafood does not phase me at all

the picnic, minus the carne asada and tortillas

here starts the working part

do NOT ask me how we get the labels on the bottles, i will hurt you

de-stemming the new grapes

where ive been spending a lot of my time recently

out to bodega bay today

napa countryside on the way to the beach

why am i such a redneck?

Monday, September 24, 2007

First Week in Napa

entrance to Trefethen Vineyards

panda, this one is for you

my car up here, late 90s Oldsmobile Aurora

early morning drive to work

hey Chris, can we say mexican food, WOOOOOOO

after two years in Ishikawa, the sun in California feels just so good

working in the winery

its harvest season and im working at my aunts winery in the Napa valley. Its a crazy time of year here, and after three 11 and 12 hour work days this week, ive had a chance to upload some pictures.

Also, if you have a second, check this link out:
I saw George Riedel give a speech and wine tasting on his series of glassware for wines which was really fun, he was probably one of the best public speakers i have ever seen. I was really skeptical going in and thought who in their right mind is going to pay that much for wine glasses, but i left converted, it was awesome and the glasses were beautiful and worth a look.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

the homefront

sushi in California is so different from the Japanese stuff, but so good, a jack roll with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna

downtown LA from the plane

welcome home huge burgers

lakeside style excursion

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Friday, September 14, 2007

goodbye Japan