Leaving on a jet plane for Barbera (and recent good stuff in San Antonio)

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go…

Above: Whole fish at Andrew Weissman’s Sand Bar in San Antonio.

It’s hard to believe but it’s true: tomorrow I’ll be leaving again for Italy, just three weeks after our return from our honeymoon there and our move into our new home, a little rental on the northwest side of Austin.

Above: Josh Cross’s Duck burger topped with foie gras at Oloroso in San Antonio.

Life has been so rich and flavorful lately, as the wine world seems to regain its footing and I can only thank my lucky stars for all the interesting projects I’ve got lined up for 2010. It’s a wonderful time for me and Tracie P (née B) but I know that the glow I feel is for the joy that she has brought to my heart. When she smiles at me, it feels as if the whole world smiles at me as well.

Above: A marinara with marinated, fresh anchovies at Doug Horn’s Dough Pizzeria Napoletana in San Antonio.

I feel so fortunate that I’m getting to travel to Italy for the second time this year — and with a group of really cool bloggers. We’ll be posting about our tastings and adventures in the land of Barbera over at the Barbera2010 blog. (Today, we posted an awesome guest spot from McDuff, one of my favorite wine bloggers, who wasn’t able to join us in realtime.)

Above: Alfonso and I enjoyed a bottle of Barbera last night in San Antonio at Il Sogno.

Once upon a time and a very good time it was. I can’t help but thank my lucky stars for this special time in our lives. I’m so happy to be surrounded by loving folks these days and all the good things that are happening work-wise right now. As my friend Slava back in New York used to say, I should “suck a lime.”

But it’s going to be awfully hard to board that plane tomorrow. I know I’ll be back soon but it only gets harder and harder to tell that lovely lady of mine good-bye. I’ll miss her terribly…

All my bags are packed I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome I could die

Oh babe, I hate to go…

4 thoughts on “Leaving on a jet plane for Barbera (and recent good stuff in San Antonio)

  1. So kiss me and smile for me
    Tell me that you’ll wait for me
    Hold me like you’ll never let me go.

    And then that Fish photo? I know you’re rushed but please!

  2. WOW! You were in my hood =) Looked like you had a good time in San Antonio. Very jealous you were able to be there. I miss that city. As much fun and amazing-ness and I am having in France, I can’t wait to go back to San Antonio this July to do my master’s thesis on the SA Wine Culture/Market as a “micro-expanding wine market”. I still need to look for an internship host to carry out this thesis =P I wish you safe travels to Italy and I look forward to keeping up with the Barbera Meeting 2010 blog. And hearing that you say the wine world is picking up and that you have lots of wonderful opportunities coming up in 2010 makes me feel great to be able to join this world in July as I work on my thesis and even more so when I officially graduate with my Masters in Wine Biz in March of 2011 =)

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