Grapevine Tales


Below are the last columns written by Lyle Fujioka

Finding Food Heaven Down Under

Friday - July 14, 2006
By Lyle Fujioka

As a 24-7 caregiver for my late wife Sue, it was a challenge for me to disengage and seek respite time. The nature of her terminal, neuromuscular disease required round-the-clock attention, and it became increasingly difficult to simply sleep.

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The Painful Pleasure Of Vin Italy

Friday - May 05, 2006
By Lyle Fujioka

In the past, I’ve conveyed insight into my pleasure/pain life as a wine merchant and my love of everything Italian. Vin Italy, Italy’s most prestigious wine fair, provided the setting where these two life forces collided and left me wondering why my airbag failed to deploy.

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The Tough Life Of A Wine Guy

Friday - April 07, 2006
By Lyle Fujioka

As a wine merchant, I’ve often been teased about what is perceived as having the ideal job. This conclusion seems reasonable when one considers the “work” requires tasting hundreds of wines, dining at the finest restaurants and traveling to the great wine regions of the world.

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A Love Of All Things Italian

Friday - February 24, 2006
By Lyle Fujioka

Who else but the Italians could have staged such a spectacular opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics? The drama, passion and engineering magnificence of Italian culture were all captured at Torino. The following is a recap of my lifelong love affair with everything Italian.

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A Napa Valley Pilgrimage

Friday - January 27, 2006
By Lyle Fujioka

The one pilgrimage every wine lover usually makes is to Napa Valley. Nowhere in the world can you find the proliferation and density of wineries than the jewel of California. It would take weeks to visit every winery on Napa’s famed Highway 29 alone.

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