Can you believe it's November already? 2019 has come and is almost wrapped up so in looking back on the year I can look at things that have happened and can make improvements. Like my jiu jitsu game of my wine knowledge. For instance in my most recent IBJJF tournament in the Twin Cities I placed 2nd place in my weight division and in the Absolute. I will get gold one day, bet your money on it. Also I started my journey as a judge in the world of cold weather varietals. The next year will find that I am going to be competing in more jiu jitsu tournaments and judging more wine tastings and whisky and cigars and a sneaky surprise in another special certification in my repetoire.
In studying certain fighting manuals I ran across this line by Miyamoto Musashi in The Book of Five Rings: "If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything." In trying to apply this to my jits game I found that when I apply something as simple as "don't fight strength with strength" to other parts of my life it often applied. When trying to figure out something in wine, rather than bang my head I would try to think about what the problem is and "like water" move where I can and go with the flow. I'm nor sure if this makes sense, maybe getting choked out has affected my thought process. But somehow it does.
Anyway, check out the rest of the site to see the wine tastings we're doing in November. They'll be sure to include wines coming into colder weather but also to pair with Thanksgiving turkey, cranberries, stuffing and the whole lot. So grab that last drumstick and that glass of wine and have a thoughtful moment of giving thanks for all the blessings you've received over the year. Peace. RJ