June 21, 2005

wine tasting numero uno

Today we had the first official wine tasting at the BFH. I chose a cabernet sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina bottled at the Trapiche vineyard. I'll recap some of the interesting tid bits that we all learned today:

1) cabernet sauvignon is probably the most popular type of wine in america
2) cabernet sauvignon ages the best out of all the wines
3) wine "body" refers ONLY to thickness or viscosity of wine
4) eating cheese and chocolate can drastically affect a wine's taste
5) 75% of taste comes from smell
6) your senses can become fatigued so the first sip is usually the most important
7) i have no idea how to use a corkscrew

Everyone tasting today agreed that the cab had a tobacco and leather flavor. Now I know it probably sounds gross to taste tobacco and leather in wine, but to tell ya the truth, it wasn't. There really is an art to getting the full flavor out of the wine. Some sips didn't produce any distinguishable flavors and with other sips the flavors came pouring out. I think it's obvious that in order to further sharpen our wine tasting skills we need more vino!

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June 7, 2005


While downtown tonight, Dan and I came up with an idea for a documentary. Roam the streets of Chicago taking a picture documentary of the homeless/beggars. I've always been intrigued by the homeless. They always have an interesting story to tell and most of them are friendly and don't mind chatting. I was thinking a picture, a name and maybe a quote from each person that agrees to a short interview would give an interesting look into the lives of the homeless. If they happen to be panhandling, a donation would be in order (maybe a quarter?). A tape recorder could be used to record all contact and that way if the person wanted to chat a little, everything would be captured, in audio and picture. I've always been curious as to how the homeless view the rest of society; i think this would be a great way to find out.

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June 5, 2005

things that could be cool

Well I only have a year left of college, hopefully. I've been thinking a lot lately about what kind of job I'd like to have after graduation. So far only a few of them actually line up with my areas of study. Uh-oh. Well, at least I have some options. And in no particular order, here's my list of jobs I'd enjoy after college.

1) own a vineyard
2) chef at some high class restaurant
3) body shop mechanic
4) work for a car company and design electrical stuff
5) anything relating to acoustics
6) janitor
7) carpenter
8) fixing up and reselling old houses with friends
9) spend time in the peace corps
10) professional moped racer

I'm thinking the chef, professional moped racer and vineyard owner could be combined into one super job. I'd probably have to move to Italy for that to happen which would kick arse.

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