Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sorry For The Delay

To my Blog readers (all three of you) I am very sorry for the delay. It has been too long since I have been on my blog. My pre new years resolution is to blog once a week (thanks Jeremy for the kick in the butt).
Quick update on what I have been doing. In October I passed my Sommelier Certification through the Court of Masters. It was wild ride and I am so glad to be done. I am pursuing my Master Sommelier Degree but am not in a hurry. I have to wait a year from October before I can even apply so I am just hanging out right now. My goal to becoming a Master is to try to finish by the time I am 30. I have 4 years and plan on finishing around 2013ish.
Of course as many of you know I have started a new company Cru Wine Specialists. It has been a journey getting it off the ground and running. Things are going well, so well that I have stepped down from my day to day responsibilities with the Veranda as the General Manager and am now only updating their wine list and training their staff.
We have grown Cru from an idea to a successful business entity in 9 short months. We are gearing up for a lot of growth in 2010 and hope to have this company really cooking by next December.
Meredith, Jack and I are well. Jack is 17 months and can jump. Sure he has the vertical of a baby elephant, but it is cool to watch. Meredith is editing and taking care of making sure I don't make any Barthisms in my publications, it so far has been working.
I am spending a lot of time writing a book and studying as well as trying to hold down the fort and start up a new business. I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't stretched thin.
Everything else is just great. The holiday season is a time of giving and quite frankly I need some receiving. We have had a great December and are looking forward to some family time.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I encourage you all to follow my blog in 2010. I promise I won't have 7 month lapses.
Thanks again for the support and feel free to call if you need a friend to drink with.

Nicholas Barth
Certified Sommelier
Wine Director

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