Last updated: 01-10-2019
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Happy New Year!
In addition to my regular work with clients, things have been moving along full-steam ahead here at DGW.
If you’re following along with my online updates, you’ll notice I’ve been busily creating a steady stream of monthly webinars within the Darn Good Winemakers network. I’m really thrilled to hear that, thus far, these topics have been captivating and applicable to everyone that has joined. You can still join. In fact, you can join any time. Come check us out! We’re going to talk about fermentations post-bottling in January and discuss some common tips on malolactic fermentation in February.
In January, I’m also lining up some free webinars. Our first one will be on dissolved oxygen, which is a topic I’m eager to learn more about. And, I’ll be hosting my first ever e-course on wine flaw identification and remediation. In the middle of this month, you can find my first ever “Oh, No! Wine Flaws” e-course in full launch-mode.
I imagine February will be just as exciting as I hit “re-set” for online classes. This will be the month I get some new classes and webinars set up for registration, and start building new courses. Stay tuned.
At the end of each year, I love to participate in Susannah Conway’s “Find Your Word” practice. Instead of using New Year resolutions, I am a part of the group that finds an inspiring word to guide my year ahead. There’s still time to give this a try if you are interested. [As a side note, Susannah Conway wrote a touching and inspiring book on grief that I read many, many years ago. If you’re going through a difficult time, I highly recommend, “This I Know: Gifts on Unraveling the Heart.”]
January is by far one of the most difficult months for me emotionally. All the night lights are coming down. It’s gray outside. It’s cold. We don’t live near a ski resort so I can go skiing. So, with all of this in mind, you’ll find me primarily:
- Putting a huge focus on my work.
- Reading a lot of funny books by my fireplace at home. I just busted through two pretty hilarious books: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey (HIGHLY recommend) and “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling.
- Apparently watching syndicated episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond. That show still makes me laugh.
- Planning out new places to explore locally. One of my 2019 goals is to visit a local museum or garden each month.
- Making soups. And every year I contemplate making broths. Are you into this? Do you have good broth recipes? Email me if you do!
- And planning out my week in my fabulous Day Designer. If you love planners, you’ll love this one.