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Where's GdP? And what does a wine writer do on vacation?

Posted by Richard Foxall, Aug 1, 2013.

So I saw that GdP is on vacation.  Needs a rest after traveling to Piedmont and tasting all that wine.  To the rest of us, that sounds like a vacation we would save up for, both in leave time and money.  But let's not be haters.  It's all so we can Drink Great Wine (tm). It's hard work when you have to do it 50 weeks a year.

So that had me wondering:

What does GdP do on vacation?

I came up with a few ideas:

1) Does a cleanse--gotta flush out that liver. But out of habit, he keeps spitting  the juice and cayenne mixture into a plastic jug.  After sixty glasses, a "therapeutic dose" finally makes its way down his esophagus. He gives it a rating of 89... if points mean anything to you.

2) Eats food that would not pair with any wine ever made.  Prices on the artichoke and asparagus futures markets spike.  (Bad pun.)  Until the commodities traders realize that he has posted pairings for those.  Meanwhile, an entire White Castle disappears and it's not even in a state with medical marijuana. Must be a case of mistaken identity:  He can pair that, too.

3) Pays somebody top dollar to sit in a sterile office and look at spreadsheets all day. 

4) With so much time on his hands, thinks how fun it would be to own a restaurant and never have a day off again. 

Any other ideas? And any sightings of him on Instagram or Flickr?  (Feel free to Photoshop your own.)


Reply by JonDerry, Aug 1, 2013.

I'd picture GdP's vacation to be very similar to his day job, except he'd drink a lot LESS wine, and not be required to write about it. 

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 1, 2013.

Well, he might taste a lot less, but he could drink more.  No spitting required. 

If I were him, I might try to crash one of EricGuido's jobs as a busman's holiday. Talk about a staycation!

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 1, 2013.

Ha!  I'm thinking for someone who gets to travel all the great wine regions for work, I would spend MY vacation in Bora Bora or Bali!!

Reply by JenniferT, Aug 1, 2013.

LOL! GREAT post, Fox. 

Personally I second Napagirl - I would go somewhere far, far away from the any established wine industry. Bonus points for no cell reception or internet. :)




Reply by napagirl68, Aug 2, 2013.

Maybe he just gets to stay home?  No pressure, no writing.  Enjoying friends and family...

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 2, 2013.

"No pressure... Enjoying friends and family."

I don't know about your family, NG, but no pressure around family sounds alien to some of us, esp New Yorkers like Greg!

Reply by Bob Fyke, Aug 2, 2013.

As much writing as Greg does, I'm thinking he's sitting home with his hands on ice.

Reply by lingprof, Aug 3, 2013.

Maybe he's drinking PBR every day? 

I remember when he was in L.A. and we asked him if he ever got fed up with his job like the rest of us do, and he said, Well, I wake up in the morning on the day I'm scheduled to taste cheap Chardonnays and go 'Oh *#@%..."  That was pretty funny.  :-)

Reply by EMark, Aug 16, 2013.

Apparently, he goes to Santa Barbara

And he takes his work with him.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 16, 2013.

Dude, that was two weeks already.  Vacation was over a couple days ago. 

I'm guessing he went gambling in Vegas and arranged the trip so he could come back via SB on Snooth's dime. 

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 16, 2013.

That's crazy...he was right under our nose Mark!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 16, 2013.

Ha! So here's what I did I my vacation. I spent the first week in bed with a high fever and sleeping 20 hours a day after being told by Dr. #1 that I have hepatitis A. Week two was a low grade fever and an emerging body rash with Dr. 2 suggesting I had contracted Valley Fever while in Santa Barbara, and this week it's been things getting better after Dr. 3 decided that I had a very atypical and extreme case of Lume disease! Still waiting for the lab results to come back to be sure of what I actually have. Wine writers don't get to take vacation. Now if we could what would I do? A week on Maui drinking cold beers and chilling by the pool ranks crazy high on my list. In second place would be a week upstate dropping the tank on the Citreon, building some shelving for the cellar and shopping at the farmers market. I also like to go to Italy whenever possible.

I'm feeling better today, second day in 18 that I haven't had a fever and that in and of itself is sort of like a vation in and of itself!


Reply by EMark, Aug 16, 2013.

Yowzers.  Take care of yourself, Greg.

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 17, 2013.

GdP!  OMG.. I am hoping, praying you will feel better soon.  Hep A probable from food carts abroad, I think a longer incubation period.   I really doubt you got valley fever after a trip in Santa Barbara.... that would be WAY out on my list of probable diagnoses.  Lyme disease is a catch all diagnosis, and if you truly have it, proper testing would nail it at some point and you would need IV antibiotics for a period of time.  Hep A sounds spot on, as you travel a lot, and probably eat adventurously.    It can take awhile to get over.  Try to  lay off the alcohol to help the ole liver tho.....    worker's comp, I'm thinking? 

Seriously, GET BETTER SOON!  We are worrying about you...

Reply by JenniferT, Aug 18, 2013.

Oh, Greg - that just sounds awful.

I was sick every day with this really strange flu for just over a month this winter - 2+ weeks during which I was incapacitated. I will never forget it. I even had bad dreams about being sick for awhle afterwards.

The ONLY up side - is that I will also never forget how amazing EVERYTHING felt when it FINALLY lifted.

Point is, I think the only upside of going through how a rough time is how much it allows you to naturally enjoy and appreciate things so much more afterwards. Much more so than you could have otherwise. At least that was the case for me. I really hope that's more of the kind of experience you're having now, as opposed to more hardship with your health.

Here's hoping that you are feeling better. Maybe you should see if you can squeeze in some time to recuperate with a few beers in maui?! :)




Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 18, 2013.

I am second guessing the Valley Fever diagnosis.  More common in fall and not around SB, more like Turlock.  There was just a big article in a local weekly about how it runs amok in the fall in Cali's prisons.  Only prison in wine country is Lompoc, down near SLO and it's federal.  Lyme is much more prevalent back east, possible to get it upstate.  Hep A?  Good news is you can make a full recovery, bad news is it's pretty miserable in the meantime and you need to stay close to the medicos to insure that you don't have worse complications. 

So this turns out to be one of those jokes that is kind of sour.  Absolutely none of us would trade places with you if it meant spending our whole vacation feeling like that.  But how many folks get these kinds of well wishes?

Be well, and welcome back!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 22, 2013.

Well Lyme Disease has been confirmed and after a week's work of antibiotics I am feeling better, though still fatigued and with a tendency to push myself a bit too hard I'm having one goods day, one great day, and then one day of paying the price, which coincidently is today!

In two more weeks I expect to be nearly fully recovered and will then tear into some wine drinking with a vengeance.

Incidentally, I spend about half of my time in Putnam county NY, about an hour north of NYC and I share by backyard with these friends, so it's not surprising  they wanted to share something with me. 


Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 22, 2013.

Good luck, GdP.  We don't have a lot of cases of Lyme out here (it is named for the town in CT, after all) but not unheard of.  This article from the NYer isn't too encouraging, but sounds like you might be one of those who responds.

I always love folks who talk about how great something is because it's natural.  Well, Lyme-bearing ticks are natural, and I say the hell with 'em.

Get well, then take a nice trip to Cali for some wine tasting... concluding with the throwdown.  We'll chant in whatever way suits our spirituality for a full and quick recovery until then.

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 23, 2013.

GdP, glad you have a diagnosis.  I just heard a news story blurb today that says that Lyme is majorly underdiagnosed.  See someone who is versed in the treatment of LD, as it can be a bastard to deal with.  Wishing you best recovery/health.  Sending healing energies your way.... xoxox

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