ACME Atelier Tasting: An Assembly of All-Stars

ACME Fine WineA little while back I was given the chance to attend a very special gathering of established winemaker luminaries and taste a whole slew of outstanding wines, courtesy of a very gracious invite by Monica Collins of All Access Napa Valley.  I’ve never seen such a lineup of All-Star winemakers, nor the chance to have such access to speak with those that make or have made famous wines such as Kamen, Screaming Eagle, Scarecrow, The Prisoner, Rocca Family and L’Angevin.  The event was held at the innovative ACME Fine Wines in St. Helena.  Ever since opening their doors in April of ’03, co-owners and organizers of this event Karen Williams and David Stevens have consistently reinvented the wine retail, storage and event industries.  Their efforts have been noticed by numerous newspapers and wine writers.

David Stevens & Karen Williams of ACME Fine WinesRecently one night, whilst Karen and David were (undoubtedly) sitting around a great bottle of wine at work, they brainstormed about ways to take wine tastings to a new level.  They came up with a rather astounding plan, one which was obvious in retrospect, yet never before attempted and awesome in scope…instead of having a large number of yes, great wines made by great producers available to taste and having them poured by the various PR folk that help promote the wines, maybe they could do something different.  Karen and David decided to have an event where wine lovers could not only taste a number of highly allocated and cult wines which they may never normally be able to drink due to high demand, but to also provide exciting access to the acclaimed winemakers who birthed these fine wines.  This would be accomplished by having the winemakers pour the wines, themselves at the event!  The inaugural ACME Atelier wine tasting event was born.

All Access Napa ValleyI attended the event that fine morning in late April with one of my usual wine partners in crime, Xandria (Twitter), of the venerable Brix Chicks. We tweeted a bit on the drive up and I got my trusty Centro ready for the day’s copious note-taking.  We were very nicely taken care of by Monica once we arrived and I quickly snatched up a bottle of Pellegrino and a Reidel tasting glass to get started while we still had time left in the press portion of the tasting schedule.  I had something of a set plan heading into the day.  I’ve always wondered what it was like to be a consulting winemaker, particularly in the situation where you’re hired to come in and “fix” the wines and winemaking process alongside the house winemaker.  It always sounded like a tricky situation to have to navigate, much less to do so and succeed with a better wine at the end of the harvest.  I planned to pose this question to as many winemakers as was possible.

Robbie MeyerXandria and I toured the facility first, in order to get our bearings. ACME is gorgeous inside and out, with dark wood highlights and contemporary brushed steel inside and has plenty of windows for great natural lighting.  There are two main rooms, a gated office area and a good-sized kitchen in the back of the building.  Our first winemaker host was Robbie Meyer, most recently of Peirson Meyer and L’Angevin.  Robbie cut his winemaking teeth with no less than five years at Peter Michael and a few more at Lewis Cellars.  Now he is co-owner and winemaker at both Peirson Meyer and L’Angevin and is consulting winemaker for a number of other wineries.  Robbie exudes a very kind and approachable persona and we found it quite easy to chat with him about his wines and his new venture whereby he and his partners are merging their two wine labels mentioned above, into one exciting estate.  We started with his very tasty ’07 Untitled #3 Chardonnay, which was very complex with outstanding balance and crisp tropical fruit that was caressed by the silky mouthfeel.  The ’07 L’Angevin Pinot had wonderfully bright and currently fruit forward red raspberry and tarter cherry, followed by some nice mocha in the finish.

Vignerons who employ Russell BevanRussell BevanFollowing Robbie, Xandria and I decided head over to the opposite room and see what was jumping  on that side of the tasting.  We immediately were taken in by the rambunctious table of Russell Bevan wines.  We were also very happy to see that digital queen Shana Ray (Twitter) has arrived and joined in the wine fun. Russell is actually a former wine writer who put down his pen in 2004 to take up a life on the other side of the stories that he used to put down on paper.  The star of his set of wines was the ’08 Grey Stack Cellars Bennett Valley Sauv Blanc. It was showing great juicy tropical fruit and fruit blossoms in both the nose and on the palate, to go with its crisp acidity and pineapple finish.

I decided to break off from the crowd in order to hit up two winemakers that I was determined not to miss.  The first of these winemakers was the man who brings a heck of a lot of presence, Mark HeroldMark is an (aptly) self-described Renaissance man and one with which I can empathize, when wondering how to tackle multiple passions, particularly science and winemaking.  While those two crafts might seem merged in this post-UC Davis world, in truth they can be night and day from each other, yet pull just as strongly upon the heart and mind.  Mark HeroldIndeed, as I type this I am en route to Scottsdale to conduct some training for a oncology assay that I’ve developed for a new cancer drug now starting human clinical testing, yet I’m writing about (and sipping!) some vino…never the two shall meet!

Mark started his own path through these two crafts while getting his Ph.D. in Ecology, Nutritional Biochemistry at UC Davis.  While there he was persuaded to make some home wine and the passion for a more artistic craft was lit.  After finishing his orals and receiving his advanced degree, he decided to try and wield his scientific expertise in the wine biz, away from the labs and field studies of his post-graduate degree.  He worked for six years as Research Enologist at the landmark Joseph Phelps in Napa Valley, honing his vineyard-first winemaking acumen and moved from there to building is own label in the heart of downtown Napa, Merus Wines. He has also been consulting winemaker on a number of other highly successful and exclusive projects such as Kamen Estate, Harris Estate, Celani Family and now Kobalt.

Mark Herold, et al.I had a chance to chat a bit with Mark as I was tasting through his excellent selection of wines at the event.  I mentioned the presence of the man, part of this is his substantial height at well over 6′,  as well as his calmly confident demeanor and sharply cynical sense of humor.  When I asked him my central question of the day, how does one consult for wineries that already employ a house winemaker, he said that he was not only very concerned about such projects, but that they helped define his business relationships…as in the lack thereof.   He refuses any jobs whereby he would be compelled to work with another winemaker.  This is in part because he doesn’t feel the need to introduce any drama or conflict into his life.  But it also stems from the fact that he has already developed a deep sense of what will work to create great wines (not that his scientific sense of experimentation has ever left…he still strives to learn to better his wines) and that just may not click with another, similarly lauded and experienced winemaker.

Celia Welch MasyczekFollowing the fine selections that Mark had brought for us to taste, I moved to another winemaker for whom I already held in high regard.  Celia Welch Masyczek has been crafting superior wines for over 25 years.  She also attained her initial college wine education at UC Davis and has worked all over the world since then, in order to soak up as much diverse winemaking experience as is possible. I first became aware of her vino-mastery when Pops and I tasted her work at the Rocca Family Vineyards tasting room in downtown Napa during our 3rd Pops & Son Wine Trip in late 2007.  The balance and constrained power in those wines completely enthralled my nose and palate and I’ve been hooked on her liquid art, ever since.  Celia was pouring a number of wines that day, including the youthful Cornerstone Cellars wines that I’ve now enjoyed on a couple of occasions, which was when I also bumped into the esteemed Craig Camp (Twitter) of Wine Camp Blog and now Cornerstone.  I very much enjoyed the Lindstrom and Scarecrow Cabs that were open that day, but the star in my book was the ’06 Husic Stags Leap Cab.  This was actually being poured by the owner himself, Frank Husic.   Situated adjacent to the acclaimed Fay Vineyard, Husic Vineyard has been producing finely grained, deeply complex Cabs for a number years, as well.  This one had incredible balance with great red and black fruit and char, alongside some good savory notes and with great acid.

Heidi Peterson BarrettI decided to rendezvous back with my wine blogger comrades after tasting through Celia’s wines.  The building was in full swing at this point, as the public portion of the tasting had been going full swing for some time.  I discovered Xandria and Shana over by another effervescent winemaker, Heidi Peterson Barrett.  Married to the now immortalized Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena (as seen in the fictionalized, but fun wine flick Bottle Shock and in the outstanding book on which it was based), Heidi is another winemaker for whom I was taken in by their rather luminescent presence.  While perhaps, best known for her work as the winemaking guru behind the pinnacle of cult Napa Cabs, Screaming Eagle, it is her other work that has captured much of my attention (though that could be due to not having the means to purchase a bottle of her back vintages of $2K/bottle Screaming Eagle Cabs!).  She currently consults on a number of wines and also has her own line of mainly modestly-priced, high QPR premium wines under the guise of La Sirena and the very high-end Amuse Bouche.  I decided to taste one consulting wine and then go through the entire line of La Sirena wines that were on the table.  The ‘05 Lamborn Howell Mountain Cab was a fine work and much in line with most of the other wines that day, lush, filled with fruit, but with plenty of acid and silky tannin to support such power.  The La Sirena wines were quite a step away from that style, however.  All were much more angular and strongly structured than the wines I had tasted prior to this set, with the ’05 Syrah coming out as a clear winner.  It was very finely structured with some red fruit sitting atop deeper blue fruit, surrounded by some smoky, savory notes.

Heidi Peterson BarrettDuring the hubbub and clamoring glasses in this corner of ACME, I was able to ask my central question of Heidi.  She was very considerate about all of my questions, at one point even telling me that it was perfectly OK to take up more of her time as she was interested in what I had to discuss.  Heidi said that she was happy to take on consulting winemaking jobs with already established winemakers, but acknowledged that it can sometimes be a tricky endeavor.  She said that she never tries to deviate from the house style, nor from the type of wine that the vineyard will offer during each vintage.  She more will work towards bringing more focus to these already established wines and wineries and try to increase the quality of each winemaking step, utilizing her many years of highly successful experience, spanning over the last 30 vintages.  I thanked Heidi for her time, grabbed another sip of the La Sirena Syrah and headed over to the last winemaker of my day.

Dave PhinneyDave Phinney has really exploded on the wine scene over the last 5 or so years.  His quirkily named and labeled Orin Swift wines have blown up right along with his reputation, and rightfully so.  The Prisoner, his iconic Zinfandel blend has improved with every vintage and subsequent efforts have started at those already lofty heights and continued the string of fine wine, most notably seen in his Papillon blend.  Both of these wines were available to taste that day, although I only was able to grab a new taste of the ’05 Papillon, of which I’ve already enjoyed at a favorite local haunt Artisan Wine Lounge, courtesy of proprietor Lena Chu.  Many vignerons have noticed Dave’s success and have requested his services with their own wines.  Two of these that were available that day were the ’05 Cavus Cab and the ’05 Beau Vigne Juliet Cab.  These were both very unique, yet nicely balanced and varietally correct.  The Cavus, in particular, had a some wonderful minerals and sea salt in its long finish.

NespressoPanevinoIt was time to head back to the East Bay, unfortunately and so with a very hearty thank you to Monica, David and Karen, Xandria and I grabbed some tasty nibbles from the kitchen, prepared by Panevino and a rather elegant espresso, pulled from a Nespresso machine.  We then grabbed our well-earned Atelier tasting booklets and bid farewell to the stylish elegance of ACME.

Feel free to check out my full reviews of all of the phenomenal wines that we tasted that day at ACME Fine Wines.  If you would like to list these wines in your own WineLog, they are tagged with “ACME2009Atelier“.  If you too were at ACME that fine day, please leave me a note and tell me about the wine that was your own favorite for the day.  Enjoy!

Robbie Meyer:

Peirson Meyer Sonoma County Untitled #3 Chardonnay 2007

L’Angevin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007

Sage Vineyards Napa Valley Veedercrest 2005

Jericho Canyon Vineyard Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Versant Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Russell Bevan:

Grey Stack Cellars Bennett Valley Dry Stack Vineyard Rosemary’s Block Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Westerhold Family Vineyards Estate Syrah 2007

Sanglier Sonoma County Kemp Vineyard Syrah 2007

Showket Vineyards Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Mark Herold:

Kamen Sonoma Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Celani Family Vineyards Napa Valley Ardore 2005

Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Kobalt Napa Valley 41.08N 08.40W 2005

Celia Welch Masyczek:

Lindstrom Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Scarecrow Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Husic Vineyards Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Keever Vineyards Yountville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Heidi Peterson Barrett:

La Sirena Napa Valley Moscato Azul Dry Muscat Canelli 2007

La Sirena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

La Sirena Napa Valley Syrah 2005

Lamborn Family Vineyards Howell Mountain Vintage III Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Dave Phinney:

Orin Swift Napa Valley Papillon 2005

Cavus Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Beau Vigne Napa Valley Juliet Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

A Toast to Pops

Baby WardIt takes a lot to make us who we are.  Genetics, environments and most importantly, people help shape the person that we become as we continue to get older.  I have been blessed with a number of good, warm people that have surrounded me as I stumble through this life.  Friends, family and on this particular day, Fathers, have been a major positive influence on whom I’d like to be whenever I finally grow up.

As I mentioned above, I have had a number of intelligent and very respectable men to look up to during my life.  Ernst Kadel came over from Munich in 1908 in relatively small boat at the age of 14 to make a new life with his widowed mother and family.  Great Grandpa Ernst had his name changed to Ernest, but the new world did not change his sense of character.  Ernest Kadel - Gladding, McBean and Co.He went on to help create a very successful Kadel family in America, eventually becoming the Head of Design and Principal Sculptor at the premiere terra-cotta design studio and plant, Gladding, McBean and Co.

One of his sons was Edward Ernest Kadel, Sr.  Grandpa Ed was cut right out of the mold of his father.  He was very driven and intelligent and an extremely hard worker.  He eventually went on to create his own family of 3 crazy boys and run the (then) Standard Oil Richmond Refinery, now owned by Chevron.

In another part of this land, a young man named Ronald M. Schroeder traveled to California with his father, a barber on the booming railways.  Grandpa Bud would eventually meet an elegant young lady name Doris, in a soda fountain.  Together they would form a close-knit family that included my mother, Donna Mary Schroeder.  They would eventually retire in a sleepy little spot in California called Napa.

Grandpa Ed’s oldest was the aptly named, Edward Ernest Kadel, Jr.  Here is where the majority of my luck came to pass.  Schroeder & Kadel Family WineryPops is, perhaps, the hardest working and most family-dedicated man that I have ever met.  He is sometimes coarse, yes…but he is the best man that I could possibly hope to have as my father and I’m very grateful for the many things that he has taught me throughout my life.  He is also an outstanding wine partner in crime and if you’ve followed my writings at all, you’ll see that we have had many special wine adventures together.

Pops, as well as the other three gentlemen that I mention above, make me proud to carry my full name, a collection of virtually all of their own: Edward Ernest Kadel, III.

So here is a toast to the men and fathers that have shaped me into who I am now and whether by memory or through wonderful shared experience, are still pushing me to be a better man:

A glass lifted to the first Kadel to start our family here in America…to Great Grandpa Ernst.

A couple fingers of a fine single malt from Islay lifted to Grandpa Ed and his incredibly detailed memory of years past.

A finely structured Napa Cab, lifted to Grandpa Bud and his sternly pointed index finger, whenever my behavior strayed.

And lastly, a glass of plush and darkly fruit-forward Merlot, lifted together with my father, Pops…thank you!

Pops & Me

5 Questions with Lisa Rigisich of Pinot Days SF

Pinot Days San Francisc0 2009Another exciting wine festival is coming to Fort Mason this month and I’m very excited to have to have the opportunity to get the inside scoop from the festival Director.  Pinot Days San Francisco crushes SF with five days of great, varietally-correct Pinot Noir festivities, starting on June 24th.  Lisa Rigisich, together with husband Steve and partners Eric and Teri White are bringing over 200 Pinot Noir producer and vendors of the delicate grape to Fort Mason in San Francisco on Sunday June 28th for the finale Grand Festival Public Tasting, where I will be delighted with the outstanding array of tasty Pinot available to taste!

Be sure to check out Pinot Days’ Facebook Fan Page and Group, follow them on Twitter and order tickets to all five days of events!  And now…5 Questions with Lisa from Pinot Days!

Pinot Days SF!1. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): This year marks the 5 year anniversary of the inaugural Pinot Days Festival. What all do you have planned for this year’s five days of Pinot?

Lisa Rigisich (Twitter): So much! Six thematic Focus Tastings, a Westside Road Tour, a Winemakers Dinner, a number of retail store tastings, and the highlight, the Grand Festival, showcasing 200 Pinot producers. I think the most exciting aspect of all of these events is that the winemakers show up and pour, and tell their stories.  Pinot is different that way – the winemakers are so gifted and passionate – it’s not a business to them.  It’s an art, and of course you want to be at your own art showing.   They want to be a part of it.  They want to meet their consumers and talk about the perils and victories of making Pinot.

Our Focus Tastings are probably my favorite – we feature 16 Pinots within a given theme and the winemakers join us, and they talk about the wines with the attendees very openly – not in a stilted, fancy wine word way, but casually, accessibly, easily.  So we get to talk with folks like Bob Cabral, Merry Edwards, Ed Kurtzman, Jeffrey Patterson, Gary Pisoni, Richard Sanford.  We taste the wines blind.  And the wines are phenomenally good.  It’s a lot fun, and, well, accidentally educational at the same time because there is no better way to learn about Pinot than to taste really good Pinots side by side.

Sideways - IMDb2. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): The first festival was the same year as the release of Sideways, the now famous movie that was based on the book by Rex Pickett and sparked a huge surge in Pinot popularity.  Was the “Sideways-Effect” an impetus for the first festival, or was the planning already in effect?  Have you seen a boost from this cinema-inspired popularity?

Lisa Rigisich (Twitter): Well, I risk “outing” our original, total lack of qualification as event planners, but here goes.  We had set a date for the first Pinot Days and sold about 200 tickets, intending to feature about 30 producers.  Then, a couple of months before the event, Sideways was released and suddenly we were selling hundreds of tickets, and calling more Pinot producers asking them to come and pour.  It was nuts.  By trade Steve is a software engineer and I’m an English Professor, so we were pretty much totally unequipped experience-wise to pull off an event with 100 producers and 1500 attendees, but that’s what we were facing.  It was baptism by fire.  And now we’ve more than doubled in size, which is less a testimony to Sideways (which indeed got Pinot noticed) and more a testimony to the grape itself and the artists who make it.  Pinot is like Miles in Sideways – thin-skinned, insanely gifted, fragile, brilliant, complicated – when he is good he is a genius, and when conditions are not ideal he is a mess.  You want to befriend Miles and make conditions ideal for him because, at his best, he is far more stimulating and fortifying and interesting and inspiring than your “easier” friends.

Steve & Lisa Rigisich - Pinot Days3. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): You and your husband founded the Bay Area Wine Project after your move to California from your longtime digs in New York.  What drove you to create the BAWP and what is it all about?

Lisa Rigisich (Twitter): We moved here and discovered a festival dedicated to Zinfandel and one for Rhone varieties, a number of festivals featuring various varieties, but there was no festival dedicated to Pinot Noir, which is by far our favorite.  In fact, Pinot and its producers were sort of like the poor stepchild amidst the golden siblings, which is just so wrong!  Pinot Noir is the golden child, but it doesn’t brag about it so some people don’t know it.  Anyway, Steve and I decided to create a non-profit dedicated to promoting the noble grape and the really wonderful, passionate people who make it.

Pinot Noir - Pinot Days4. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): It is quite clear that Pinot Noir is your favorite varietal and grape variety.  What is about Pinot that fascinates your palate above all other varietals of wine?

Lisa Rigisich (Twitter): Oh, the fact that it wears its world – its earth, soil, neighbors, seasons, the hands that shape it. Pinot embodies romance because, like romance, you can’t predict it.  So much can go wrong with it.   But when a gifted winemaker gets it right, it is so far beyond any other variety.  It has amazing versatility of style.  It can be shy and elegant or confident and dark.   There is such variation between regions, vineyards, vintages.  To say that there is a Pinot for every palate is not an exaggeration, but I think, an understatement.  And I don’t even get me started on how Pinot pairs with food.  There just isn’t a better all around food wine.  Pinot is it.

5. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): Following the no doubt, successful fifth run of Pinot Days, what is in store for the rest of the year, for next year’s festival and for the Bay Area Wine Project?

Lisa Rigisich (Twitter): We’re really excited about the new Pinot Days Blog.  We’ll offer Pinot insight, mostly, and winemaker profiles, tasting notes, tales of tours, histories.  Pinot Noir creates such a community between and among consumers and producers.  We want our blog to invite that and represent it.  Personally, as frustrated writer producing Pinot events, I just can’t wait to write about Pinot!  We’re also launching a new Pinot Days website which will be home to all things Pinot – resources, recommendations, travel plans, pairings, as well as a number guest writers whose expertise and taste leans to one style of Pinot or another.  We’ll announce the new site and blog in late summer after the event dust has settled.  Of course we’re returning to Chicago for our Third Annual Pinot Days Chicago on November 14th.  What a receptive, amazing city for Pinot.  Pinot Days doubled in size from our first to our second year.  We can’t wait to go back.  And we’re looking at adding a new city in 2010 – stay tuned for that.

Once again, be sure to check out Pinot Days’ Facebook Fan Page and Group, follow them on Twitter and order tickets to all five days of events!

Pinot Days San Francisco 2009 - June 24th - 28th

5 Questions With Devon Segel of GoBYO.com

GoBYO.comWhile bouncing around Twitter one day, I was turned on to a new-fangled wine search engine site by the incomparable Lisa Adams Walter (Twitter).  She directed me to GoBYO (Twitter), a wine search engine that might revolutionize the Bring Your Own Bottle searches in your local restaurants, taking out the calling and questions surrounding the corkage policy at restaurants around the country.  It is a very user-friendly website that is already exhaustively detailed about wine, corkage and restaurant information in now, 10 metro areas in the US.  Devon Segel (Twitter), along with her family and the DiningInfo team launched this effort two years ago and it is continuing to build up at a rapid pace.

Now let’s continue the 5 Questions series and learn a bit more about Devon and GoBYO!

1. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): You have created the single, most comprehensive central resource for  Bring Your Own Bottle restaurant service that I have ever seen with GoBYO.com, not to mention all of locale-specific BYOB regulations.   When did your start this project and what all does it encompass?

Devon Segel (Twitter): First, thank you!  The GoBYO project was started in  2007, by the DiningInfo team.  Led by my grandfather, Joseph Segel, we  built an online restaurant database with exceptionally current and accurate  information.  We did this by directly contacting every listed  restaurant by telephone to confirm current data within the past 120 days;  most within the past 30 days. As a result of that intensive confirmation  effort, hundreds of restaurants listed elsewhere on the Web were found to be  closed and have been so marked on GoBYO.com.  Many people have fallen  in love with GoBYO.com because they love to savor wine – we also have a  following among those who are looking to save by bringing their own wine.   We serve those who save and savor.

Devon Segel - GoBYO.com2. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): What is your  background in the food and wine biz and how did you originally discover  these passions?

Devon Segel (Twitter): My background in food and wine began with my family.   My grandfather and grandmother bring our family together almost every  Sunday night at a Philadelphia-area or Southeastern Florida  BYO  friendly restaurant.  My grandfather makes sure to share interesting wines with us and always explains their origin.  I look forward to these dinners all week.  My love for food began with my mother and  grandmothers, and continues with my stepdad who is a caterer and uncle who is a professor of culinary arts at Drexel University.  My professional background is in fine arts, cognitive psychology, marketing and management – food and wine certainly made learning those subjects very enjoyable.

3. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): You work in “Wine 2.0” and live in Philly (as do Jason (Twitter) & Kim, the founders of WineLog!).  Do you find the state shipping laws restrictive over there, or do the state-run distributors do a pretty good job of providing good, varied access to fine wine?

Devon Segel (Twitter): Hi Jason and Kim!  I find that the PLCB system does a good job providing access to wines for  Pennsylvanians.  Since we focus on finding BYO friendly locations to enjoy wine, I think that we complement each State’s distribution systems and look forward to expanding into other cities in the near future.

4. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): Obviously, you must have done a great amount of personal “research”  for this website.  😉  What are some of your favorite restaurants  and wine producers around the country?

Devon Segel (Twitter): As my friends will agree, I am a lover of all cuisines and wines no matter where and when.  To choose a favorite would be like a parent selecting a favorite child!  No can do 🙂  I can say this, my favorite food is the pickle.

5. Ward/WineLog (Twitter): What’s next for GoBYO in the near future and  how can its (rapidly growing number of) fans get involved?

Devon Segel (Twitter): As we  continue to build out the features of the database and our offerings to our  restaurants/clients, we are also focusing on raising the GoBYO profile  through social channels where our users are spending time.  You can follow us on Twitter at @GoBYO and find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoBYO.  We will soon be launching a Facebook campaign  – become a fan of GoBYO.com on Facebook and stay tuned for a chance to win some very cool prizes this summer!

GoBYO.com - Devon Segel (R), Sarah Pachner (L)