Friday, August 16, 2013

being true to oneself

2002 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Fame and fortune. Or a quiet, comfortable life. What do we go for, while we're young and can afford (or rather, are compelled) to make a push for it. We can never be too satisfied with how things are. It's incredibly frightening, but I'm pushing 30 and I feel like I've accomplished nothing. Niente. Not in my professional life, certainly not in my personal one. So what do we do? Well, in my case, I think at the very least, I've identified the path I need to be on to achieve what I want. As I told my parents, it's a far, far shot to actually make it, be on Forbes, but at the very least, it should be something to aspire to. Fame and fortune - one shot at it, one big push.

So, on the eve of my farewell to Toronto, a lot of things running through my mind. Deep insecurity. Uncertainty. I have no problem admitting that I'm a bit scared. I don't know what to expect, from the program or from my classmates. And yes, I do want to make friends, but I also want to remain true to myself. I'm a prick. And I don't like most people. Not the best quality in an MBA candidate, but I'm too old, too tired to be untrue to myself. Now that's a quality that I respect.

And with that thought, I want to talk about the Dunn. A big time wine that we bought after tasting it at the California Legends tasting earlier this year - a truly epic time with my best buddies. This stood out. A good amount of bottle age, showing an amazing depth and almost saline minerality. So my buddy and I bought 3 - one each, with one to share. And last Friday, we opened it as part of my farewell dinner. Peking duck and steamed eel, among other things. Decanted for about 6 hours, showing all the concentration and pure fruit of Californian fruit, with that graphite minerality and darkness of cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol at 13.8%, what I think of truly great Napa Valley wine. Fabulous.

Dunn is a good example of a producer that shuns hype and hyperbole, that's simply content to present the wines as they are. True confidence that is. And truly inspirational. You let your work speak for itself, without need for false promises. I'm reminded that I want to remain a good and decent man, that above all, I want to let my character and achievements speak for itself. I'm far, far away from it, but we all need to take first steps, and in one day, I begin mine. 

Here's to being true to oneself.


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