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Snooth User: Raphael Santos

Hello Everyone!

Posted by Raphael Santos, Jun 25, 2009.

Hello everyone, my name is Raphael and I'm fairly new to Snooth. I met Chris C last Sunday while pouring at the SF Golden Glass and I remembered I had a Snooth account, thus prompting me to log in after several months of inactivity, and navigate around the website (which by the way is a really informative and helpful tool for all users). My friend Jonathan actually told me to follow Phillip on Facebook because I think they were roommates for a summer something back in 2004... I used to work in the Financial Industry, stuck in the hamster wheel until all this craziness in the Economy brought me to a crossroad. Will I stick to doing what I was doing, or will I pursue something I'm truly passionate about? I made that leap of faith, with the help of my supportive wife, left the enclaves of wall street and studied wine. I just recently passed the intro and certified level of the Court of Master Sommeliers tests, and am ready to dive in head first to the world of wine. Still fairly new in the game, I trust that everyone in this community will be of great help! Glad to be a part of the Snooth family! Cheers!

ps. Just a couple of fun facts, I spent most my life in the Philippines, moved to NY, currently live in the Bay Area, I've been to Napa more than I've been to San Francisco, and I tasted French/Italian/Spanish/German etc wine for the first time only three months ago. My tasting goal is to one day have some True Eszencia. lol


Reply by dmcker, Jun 25, 2009.

Good luck, Raphael with your new career, and welcome to Snooth. I've known a lot of banker-wankers, and applaud your change in direction. Hope you remain active in the forum!

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 25, 2009.

@Ralph ... welcome (back) to Snooth!

It is good to see the left coast membership here swell. SF has a pretty great wine culture but it is pretty dominated (as expected) by the the local wineries.

So tell us ... what are your favs in the area and around the world.

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 25, 2009.

ahem ... I meant '@Raphael' ... stupid keyboard is sticking and auto-correct is inaccurate. :-(

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 25, 2009.

Hey Vm

Welcome to Snooth.

I'll be heading out your way in August for a few days. I look forward to sharing a few glasses with you and finding out more about your move from NYC to SF and jump into the wine biz!

Reply by Piccolo161, Jul 1, 2009.

Hello everyone,
My name is Jiles
My particular interest is champagne where I lived and worked for almost 10 years, but I'd like to broaden my knowledge of other wines and I am sure you guys can help me.

By way of a somewhat wacky and light-hearted start to my posts, take a look at the video on this link for an example of how NOT to treat wine. $7,600 for a bottle of Chateau Petrus and this happens to it!

Reply by Philip James, Jul 1, 2009.

Raphael - welcome! Jonathan sent me an email about you - am on vacation, but do owe him/you a response...

Jiles - welcome too - where do you work? for a winery?

Reply by Adam Levin, Jul 1, 2009.

I really thought the bottle of Petrus was going to slip out of her hand.

Reply by ChrisCaughman, Jul 1, 2009.

Raphael - It was very nice meeting you at the Golden Glass tasting. Too bad they kicked out all the trade before the food was set up!

Reply by Raphael Santos, Jul 2, 2009.

@ HondaJohn - as with everything, I think my taste in wine is very moody... Right now I'm really into Southern Rhone wines, Gigondas and Tavel Rose's in particular, and I recently tasted some pretty good and (semi) affordable Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Rasteau. Sweet wines are just delicious and I find it hard to say no to any of them. Locally, I just got back from a Tasting around Healdsburg and thought that Lancaster Estate, and Jordan were my favorite of the Cabs, and a great surprise, Nalle Vineyards - makes some really well balanced wine, it also helped that Doug, the winemaker is totally cool.

@ Gregory - let me know when you're headed here! It would definitely be cool to meet up and have a drink or ten. I just followed you on Twitter - @FunsherpaSF lol

@ Piccolo - Jiles, That video sent chills down my spine... I could imagine how much that circular acrobatics disturbed all the sediment haha, Definitely shuold not be treated that way though. I've never even seet a bottle of Petrus, let alone do acrobatics with it...

@ Phillip - Nice to be in the fold! I promise to be more active in the Forums. Enjoy the vacation! Where in the world are you right now? I'm very envious. haha.

@ Adam - I really really hope that wasn't an actual bottle of Petrus. I think there was a switcheroo though at :45 secs, I didnt realize it the first time I was watching haha. but stil, a Petrus shuold be handled with utmost care, these wine angels should know that ;-)

@ Chris - I know man, They had some good food too, I was lucky my wife was there to sneak me some food, I stayed in my booth the entire time. She brought me some kick@$$ risotto and some other good stuff.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 2, 2009.

Piccolo, hi there, and welcome!. Petrus tends to be as much a social phenomenon as anything else, though it is certainly very tasty wine. I've often wondered why it is that so many idiots have the bottle (usually BYOB-provided) with label facing the room from the moment they sit down to table. And usually to impress their dates as well as the rest of the room.

The space-cadette aerially serving the wine at that Chicago venue doesn't change my opinion. Years ago that kind of thing really bugged me, and I felt that people should get some kind of license before being allowed close to the best wines ;-). Got over myself on that pretty quick, though, and now I only laugh at the foolishness. Could you think of a flashier way to insure bottle shock between restaurant bottle storage and service at the table?!

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