Obsessing Over Wine and Crossfit – Part 2

All day long I pontificate  and stress to wine buyers what their consumers will be wanting, thinking, and craving.  I’ll link in my features and benefits with what my main focus and priority product is, I’ll give my pitch, and close like the master I am.

Does anyone like this stuff in the first place?

That fact buzzes in my head.  When did we leave out the human connection to a brand, a grape, a pretty label?  In all the marketing decks I study (ok, skim), there is Nielsen data, statistics on market profitability, and so on and so on.  What I want to know is who is drinking  it and what do they think?

I’m not attracted to over-blown wine snobs; they turn me off.  I want authentic, solid, and positive people going in the same direction I am.  I also want minds that look at both sides of the coin, outside the box, and well, can tend to be eccentric.  Anyone that finds pleasure lifting a ton of weight for two hours in a hot gym after a full day of work is hired as a reviewer for Wine Girl Gone Wild.

Acacia Pinot Noir was in my wine bag that day, and I knew it would be a hit with this crowd.  Why?  Everyone loves this grape.  The wine seems to hit all the high points of flavor wine drinkers are looking for.  This Pinot Noir is from California; bolder fruit, medium body where others may tend to be lighter.  The texture is rich and inviting.  In past blogs, I discussed feeling a wine during the tasting process; where does it go on my palate, what is tugging at my senses, and how does the wine linger after I swallow it?  All elements that come alive with Acacia Pinot Noir, and reasons that attracted my reviewers.  California Pinots also give me a spice at the end; a harvesty warmness that makes me feel at home.

Go Here:  Buy Rite Wine and Liquor; 650 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ.  Ask for PJ.  He just purchased enough Acacia Pinot Noir to last him throughout the season. (unless you buy it all…)

Have This In Your Purse: Around $20.00.  You may find a sale, and you most likely will come October.  DO NOT BUY A BY ACACIA – this is a different wine.  The wine we tasted in this blog is the Acacia CARNEROS Pinot Noir.  Just show them the blog.

To see what really happened in the gym, check the video below.

A big shout out to Brazen Athletics for allowing me to take advantage of your members and coaches after a grueling barbell club evening.

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Obsessing Over Wine And Crossfit

I never planned on sticking with crossfit.  I thought I would be out of that gym in 3 months; loose a little weight, be social, wear cute work out clothes.  That was my plan.

I also never thought I would sell wine.  Way to complex of a thing to understand – and who makes a career out of it anyway?

Obsession is not a proper word for both.  They fuel my lifestyle.  They have changed me; the real me talks to you now.  Call it what you will, I’m freaking happy.  Sure, ok, both are a “cult” in a way (I can’t stand when people say that), but they are my own Pajak Cult –  and honey, it serves me well.

What I didn’t know was what parallel roads they travel together:

  1. You will never know everything; I first began studying wine because every day, there is something new.  That means I can’t master it.  That may bother some people, but it motivates me to no end.  Just like walking up to the bar and knowing I am approaching a lift differently than I did last week, yesterday, 5 minutes ago!  How can I be a master of such a living and breathing activity!  What a beautiful revelation this is, and imagine where it can take my mind, my body, my future!
  2. Smart work pays off; Movement is funny in some ways; different placement of the feet, or a hitch of the hips changes everything!  It can send you in a completely new direction!  Man, I worked stupid for a long time in wine, and in movement, and it got me no where!  With proper direction, and clear thought, geez, so much comes together – doesn’t it?
  3. Mentors; I have often found the people that have effected me the most are the last people I would pick out in a line up.  Pictures in your head don’t often match what is unveiled in your life; well, at least mine.  What an attraction I have to people that are just ABSORBED with something; anything!  The commitment to learning about wine and crossfit seems to be the same; you just can’t breathe without learning.  Life can’t continue if you don’t read  about soil content in a vineyard, or how to do a muscle up.  These are the people I choose to enhance my ability, yell in my ear, and, well, just give good hugs.
  4. Beauty; There is no other way to express a painting, fresh snow, Sunday brunch, Barolo decanted for 4 hours, or watching a clean and jerk ending with a push press.  All the things in the last sentence give me chills.  That is beauty and perfection; at least for a moment in time.
  5. The most positive thing I do for myself every day; I wish I could tell you that I don’t screw things up from time to time.  I know we all do, but I seem to get myself in a jam more than I would like to admit.  Knowing that I dedicate time to something more than the white noise in my head is a blessing.  Writing this blog makes me recall my wine education, and think deeper.  Waking up at 5:30 AM to lift heavy stuff starts my day burning with possibilities…
  6. Commitment to something other than Netflix; My mother once told me, after hearing about the time spent on my wine dinners, wine trainings, and working in the market –  “Some people work 9 to 5 jobs every day and are very happy.” Well good for them Mom, but that isn’t me.  Both wine and crossfit push me to keep going – that is what makes me happy.  I can’t stop thinking of what else it out there, and if I just went a little further, what more I can accomplish.  Both have set me on a track that is never going to end.  I dream of deadlifts, and how I can teach someone about the regions of Burgundy.  Sounds a little over the top, but this is such a good place.  To know you are more than what everyone else sees is a special little secret only available upon demand.  I love that.

So pour yourself a little bubbly, practice your double unders in the kitchen, watch Jason Khalipa on YouTube and dream of how he should be your boyfriend (sorry, I do that), and enjoy life people!