Journey Updates

Sweet Darkness

The moon is in a waxing crescent phase currently, the perfect time to see the features on it’s surface. As this moon phase marks a leave from darkness I thought it would be fitting to post one of my favorite poems “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte.   When your eyes are tired the world is […]

Sourdough and celestial wonderings

I haven’t much to say this post. Only to remind you that the moon is full and bright in the sky. I witnessed it this morning as it disappeared into the mirage of the sun’s sky. The scientist in me discards it as a normal celestial occurrence while the dreamer in me sees it as […]

Ella pone la mesa

I believe in eating with the people and the seasons. And eating with the people just as much as the seasons. – Candace Bättig When I cook for myself in Argentina I eat a lot of bulgar, couscous, bread, chickpeas, lentils and a BUNCH of vegetables. Argentina is a place for meat though when it […]

A County Winemaker at Large, in Patagonia, Argentina

Candace Battig, a member of the Broken Stone Winery crew, is spending the summer in Patagonia, Argentina at Bodega Noemia  where she is working in their lab and creating some cutting edge Pinot Noir.   She joins us as a guest blogger… “There’s energy in the wine”, says Hans as he pulls a sample for tasting from…

Musings on stoicism, passion, and interest

I’ve waffled and wavered over what to write about in this waxing moon post. However I’ve recently filled my mind with the musings of stoicism, passion, and interest. So I’ve chosen three of my favorite quotes on the aforementioned topics and wrote a little piece about my thoughts in relation to them. “Although we can’t […]


“…Love alone can transform insanity, confusion, and strife. No system, no theory of the left or of the right can bring peace and happiness to man. Where there is love, there is no possessiveness, no envy; there is mercy and compassion, not in theory, but actually—for your wife and for your children, for your neighbor […]

Take me to Church: Wine as religion

Libation (n) – a drink poured out as an offering to a deity. Wine, the most holy of fermented beverages, used as a symbol of Christs blood and as an offering to the gods almost universally it has long ties with religion. I think this is fitting because wine is very similar to religion. Everyone […]

Connecting to the good life

I recently viewed an illuminating study that speaks to the ethos of what I naively set out to prove with my 200km challenge: the age old wisdom that good relationships are the key to health and happiness. In the following video Robert Waldinger talks about the longest running study on human happiness know as the […]

The Beauty of Life

As yet another full moon illuminates the sky I reflect in awe at the happenings of my day. I was so fortunate to have an old friend come and visit recently and spent the previous night surrounded by good food, good wine and great people. All this reminded me of one of my favorite quotes […]

A Peek at Kiwi Pinot

A rainbow graces the sky as Aurum vineyard is protected from birds by a massive net. For a change of pace, we’re posting a travel note from our assistant winemaker Candace Battig.  It’s hard to believe that just as our vines prepare to bud, the Kiwis will be just finishing their harvest. “Summer 2016 has…