I turn 28 on Sunday, but the PresentS have already started rolling in, in addition to the scheduled finishing-up of a MASSIVE project at work next Wednesday.
Yesterday, as you may have seen, Gary Vaynerchuk did an entire episode devoted to Petite Sirah, which dedicated to me, the biggest petite sirah fan he knows, as a birthday PreSent. I've ferreted out that this was at least in part due to emails from my friend Octocat and my brother. And what a PreSent it was, though I'm disappointed that some of the wines didn't show better.
I'm not sure how long he had the 2005 Lolonis Orpheus open and breathing, (as the accompanying notes explicitly caution against trying it out soon and suggest serious decanting,) and I really do think that it will improve vastly with age, but I've never been a huge fan of the 06 David Bruce Central Coast myself. And it was very nice to hear that the '06 Bogle is a solid value play (at the moment, mine are usually the Rosenblum Heritage Clones 2005/6 or Concannon Limited Release 2005)
I've met GV in person a number of times (as I grew up, and my parents still live, 15 mins away from Wine Library), and he always has time to say hi or see if I need his help with anything in particular. Contrary to others' (usually uninformed) imPressionS, GV is for real, and I'm truly honored to know a PerSon of his caliber.
GV, thanks again for getting my birthday started out on an AMAZING note. I can't wait to bring my own PS on "THE THUNDER SHOW" someday! But that is, perhaps, putting the cart before the horse, as my PadawanS and I have to start making it first...