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It is a cold rainy day here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Snow is falling in the Sierras, puddles are forming in my backyard, and leaves cover my front yard.  If I was wondering, yes, Fall has arrived and Thanksgiving is knocking on our door.

Like most people, the Thanksgiving holiday helps me to reflect on how good I have it.  My immediate family is healthy and for the most part in good spirits.  My wife’s and my siblings and parents are all doing well.  It will be great to see everyone next week as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  We have now settled into a tradition where we celebrate Thanksgiving over two days.  First is Thanksgiving with my in-laws on Thursday then we celebrate with my side of the family on Friday.  We started this new two day tradition several years ago.  It really relieves the pressure of having to jump between two houses.  It also allows us to enjoy each meal as we don’t have to save room for another meal.  In the coming days, I will be making my wine selection for both meals.  As my in-laws tend to be more of the wine drinkers, I will likely bring home a magnum that I have been cellaring for a few years.  The larger bottle seems a bit more celebratory.

Beyond family and friends, I have a lot more to be thankful.  Fortunately, Uncorked Ventures first year in operation has gone relatively well.  Having launched the new business in January, our business has grown slowly but steadily over the last 11 months.  The outpouring of support we received from family,  friends and former co-workers helped to kick-start our wine club sales.  Going into business with my brother-in-law Mark was not a decision I entered into lightly.  Over the last 11 months, my brother-in-law has been a valuable partner, confident and friend.  I clearly made a good decision and look forward to working with him in the coming years.  With regards to starting Uncorked Ventures, I am also thankful to have a wife who has supported my desire to strike out as an entrepreneur.  With a mortgage to pay and kids’ college funds to save for, she has let me take this risk and pursue a dream even in this shrunken economy.

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you take time to reflect on what it is you have to be thankful for.  I am going back to cleaning out my closet and chest of drawers, searching for items that I am not making the most of but someone who is less fortunate will.

Take care.


A few years ago I read the “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell.  For me it was an interesting and inspiring read and I often recommend to others. 

The beginning

Today was another busy day for my business partner and me as we launch Uncorked Ventures.  Some days are more fun, exciting, draining, crazy, and/or all of the above.  Realizing that getting our business up and running is no easy task, it helps to have days like today.

What made today great ?  Well, it was made great by the interactions we had with others in the wine trade.   For me, it was dealing with a particular winery and their sales director.  First of all she is just a pleasant person.  Second of all, she shares a lot of information and third, she seems genuinely interested in helping us get started and developing a relationship with us for the long haul.  What makes this exceptional is that she works and one of the top Syrah producers in the United States and they would survive fine without our business.  I look forward to sharing more about this relationship as we get closer to our first wine club  shipments targeted for September of this year.

As we continue to build our business, I look forward to the good days with full awareness that they will be countered with more difficult and upsetting days.  As long as we have strong business partners and ultimately a loyal customer base, I know things will work out.  So on that note, I need to get back to the website and creating some content that adequately communicates our key messages.

In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about our wine clubs or wine export services, don’t hesitate to drop me a line or visit our website at

Take care.

Good afternoon.  It’s almost 5:30pm and I still haven’t taken a shower.  I am sure I will have many more days like this as starting and running a small business is nothing like going off to a corporate job which I did for many years.  Ok, maybe there are some similarities including wondering where the day went.

Today was a good day for Uncorked Ventures.  Lots of behind the scenes type work is getting done.  I think we have completed all the paperwork required by state and federal government which only means there is something that I don’t know about (yet).  It’s nice to have a mix of work including contacting potential partner wineries, tuning up the website, dealing with shipping companies, etc.  It helps to keep the mind sharp and generate new ideas.  Having a business partner to spread the work with also makes life a bit better.

Well, I need to jump in the shower as friends from out of state should be arriving in the next hour and want to look more presentable for them.  Looking forward to opening a bottle of 1999 Yalumba, The Signature.  Great bottle of Cab/Shiraz from Barossa in Australia.

Take care.

Good evening and welcome to Wine with Matt.  This is my first blog ever so it may take me a little bit to find my voice.  I hope you can bear with me.

My business partner, Mark, have officially kicked off our business today as we have filed with the IRS and the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade Bureau office.    Uncorked Ventures is official.  We will be focusing on deliver high end, quality wines through our various wine clubs as well as exporting North American wines to to Central and South America.

This is my first wine venture.  For the last 15 years I have been focused on my career as a human resources professional.  While wine and human resources may not seem to connect at first, I do believe that their is a connection.  Individuals have particular personalities, outlooks, and desires.  Similarly, I believe various wines have their own personalities and speak to an individuals taste and desire.

With the launch of Uncorked Ventures it is my desire to link my interest in wine with my interest in helping others achieve their desires especially when it comes to identifying, sourcing, and consuming top notch wines.

I hope you enjoy reading about this adventure and consider participating by joining one of our wine clubs or by consuming one of our exported wines.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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