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October 2006 Archives

I took a couple days vacation in between Oracle Open World and the IBM Information On Demand shows to enjoy Napa Valley to celebrate my 15 year wedding anniversary with my wife Dawn. It was a fantastic trip with the non-stop sunshine and temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's. I highly recommend this time of year for a visit most of the vineyards are still harvesting cabernet grapes so you get to see a lot of the production process.

I have listed the wines and winery's I visited below with my score for each on a scale of 1 -10, 10 being the highest.

First a comment or two on the restaurant scene -
I had great meals almost everywhere we went, Julia's Kitchen at the COPIA is a fantastic lunch spot try the Chef's Lunch with the wine pairings, Dinner at Bouchon's was excellent plus its less expensive than French Laundry by a huge amount. Tiramisu in San Francisco is a must stop in the alleys on Beldon Place (thanks John) The Mustard Grill was our only disappointment the restaurant is best known for its excellent wine list and signature pork chops. They hold themselves out as a laid back alternative to the more wine snobby places in the valley but are actually very snobby themselves the service was mediocre and the food was just ok. The staff was unattentive and slow they forgot about us at the bar for an hour while we waited for our table, our waiter never even stopped back to ask us how our food was and didn't even offer desserts just dropped the bill on the table. I would avoid Mustards Grill at all costs.

Beaulieu Napa 2003 Rutherford (7)
Beaulieu Napa 2003 (6)
luna Napa pinot Grigio 2004 (8)
Kunde Estates Viogneir Sonoma 2004 (7) w the food (5) alone
Sedna Cabernet Napa Valley 2003 (8)
Esser Cabernet 2005 (5)
Clos Du Val Chardonnay Napa Valley 2004 (5)
Dunnewood Merlot Mendacenio County 2001 (6)
Rochioli Pinot Noir Russion River Valley 2004 (8)
Stags' Leap 2000 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (8)
Stags' Leap 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (8)
Stags' Leap 1998 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (9)
Stags' Leap 1997 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (9)
Silver Oak 2002 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (9)
Silver Oak 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (9)
Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2003 (8)
Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2003 (8)
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Napa Valley 2003 (8)
Robert Mondavi Boomerrang 2002 (8)
Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve 2004 Carnaros Napa Valley (6)
Robert Mondavi 1999 Oakville District Cabernet (5)
Robert Mondavi 2003 Old Vine Zinfandel (8)
Opus One 2003 (9)
Sequoia Grove Carneros Chardonnay 2004 (8)
Sequoia Grove 2003 Syrah Napa Valley (8)
Sequoia Grove 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet (8)
Sequoia Grove Rutherford Reserve Cabernet 2002 (9)
Sequoia Grove Sephor V (9)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger 2003 Brut Vintage (8)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger Brut Rose Napa Valley (6)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger 2000 Le Reve blanc de blanc (5)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger Avant Garde Damaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2004 (6)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger Damaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2004 (7)
Domaine Carneros Tattinger The Famous gate (8)
Cabernet Sauvignon Joel Gott 2004 California (7)
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2005 Clarksburg (7)
Hess Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (8)
Beringer Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2005 (5)
Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Merlot 2002 (7)
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (7)
Beringer White Merlot 2005 (6)
Beringer Dry Riesling 2004 (7)
Beringer Norrh Coast Sangiovese 2003 (8)
Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (8)
Trinchero Vista Montone Chardonnay 2004 (8)
Trinchero Petit Verdot 2004 (8)
Trinchero Lewelling Vinyard Cabernet (8)
Trinchero Sauvignon 2004 Napa Valley St Helena (8)
Trinchero Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley 2004 (8)
Sterling NV 2005 Rose (5)
Sterling Pinot Gris 2005 (6)
Sterling Sangiovese 2004 (5)
Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003 (5)
Sterling Cellar Club Malvasia Bianca 2005 (Yuck 2)
Cuvaison Sauvignon blanc 2005 Napa Valley Carneros (7)
Cuvaison Estate Selection 2003 Chardonnay (8)
Cuvaison ATS Selection chardonnay 2004 NV Carneros (9)
Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2005 Sonoma Coast (7)
Cuvaison ATS merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2001 (8)
Cuvaison Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Mount Veeder Napa Valley (8)
Cuvaison Espiritu 2003 Napa Valley Port (8)
Miner Napa Valley Merlot 2002 (8)
Boxler Alsace Edelzwicker Reserve 2004 Riesling/Pinot Blanc (7)

Thank you to all of my friends for the advice and referrals to the various restaurants and wineries.

Posted October 27, 2006 2:26 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgThe keynote is still going on and I have to admit my mind is really turning on this announcement. UnBreakable Linux 2.0 support is a huge open source announcement. I'm curious to hear from readers what you think about this. Oracle will capture the market without a doubt, they have a team of experts large enough to support this and it will clearly drive adoption at the enterprise level and have an effect on Microsoft in these markets. They have made it cheaper than the RedHat solution and during the keynote they demonstrated how to convert from RedHat to Oracle in less than 90 seconds. Its not a good day to be at RedHat but its a very interesting day for the open source world.

Technorati Tags: Oracle Open World, Business Intelligence, Larry Ellison, Open Source,Linux

Posted October 25, 2006 2:00 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgFollowing the NASDAQ closing Larry Ellison took the stage and talked about his vision of the future and the importance of the grid architecture. He discussed why grids are faster than mainframes, lower in cost, delivered high performance and scalability. If you mis-estimate on a mainframe your in trouble Grids will allow expansion at a lower cost. It’s capacity on demand. It is also a fault tolerant environment and even the best server will experience down time. Oracle has been promoting various versions of grids or clusters for years, now they are delivering 128 machine grids on Linux.

He discussed why Linux made best sense as an operating system to support grids, open source, standards based plus it wasn’t owned by that company in Redmond. The open source side of Linux allowed Oracle to tweak the code and deliver the operating system they needed. They have played a leading role in Linux development and community building.

Version upgrades and bug fixes are what Ellison feels is slowing the adoption of Linux the need to wait or patch isn’t something enterprise customers are comfortable with. The other issue is ownership of the Linux code and intellectual property concerns of customers.

Then Ellison rolled out the big news. Unbreakable Linux 2.0
Oracle will offer full support for Red Hat Linux customers they will offer the fixes, patches and all support that is presently available with Red Hat the service will cost less than half of what RedHat charges. They are offering the service not just to Oracle customers but to anyone who uses RedHat support. They will stay synchronized with the red hat version. Plus they are providing a higher level of support than Red hat can.

For the next 90 days you can test drive it and see how it works. All prices are cut in half during this period.

This is huge news! Oracle will also indemnify you from any lawsuit concerning the usage of Linux code. This program actually puts Oracle in the position to be the default leader in the Linux community. It will have true impact on many companies.

Obviously the folks at RedHat can’t be happy but what about the ripple effect for operating systems, can you say Microsoft? How will they be able to respond to the power of an open source community that updates and bug fixes at the speed of light coupled with the power of a company the size of Oracle supporting it. Oracle has just found the backdoor to the market and will become a huge thorn in the side of Microsoft.

Dell is on board for their PowerEdge servers, Intel is also on board, Hewlett Packard will support the new program, as well as AMD, EMC, BMC, Network Appliance, AutoDesk, and Mercury.

Technorati Tags: Oracle Open World, Business Intelligence, Larry Ellison, Linux

Posted October 25, 2006 1:53 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgThe keynote kicked off in a big way with Oracle executives CEO Larry Ellison, President and COO Safra Catz and President Charles Phillips closing the NASDAQ live from Oracle Open World show.

Hosted by NASDAQ CEO Robert Greifield, the event celebrated the 20th anniversary of Oracle on the NASDAQ. A $100 dollar investment 20 years ago would now be worth $600,000... not a bad return on your investment.

Technorati Tags: Oracle Open World, Business Intelligence, Larry Ellison

Posted October 25, 2006 1:33 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgOracle rolled out the WebCenter Suite this morning an interactive suite that helps apply Web 2.0 practices to business intelligence. It delivers structured and unstructured data, business intelligence, enterprise search, business processes, communication and collaboration services. They are structuring the product on an open, standards based architecture that should enable users to grow this solution to suit their own needs. The part that really got my attention was how well they have embedded Web 2.0 technologies into the suite.

This type of integration really takes a solid step forward in helping knowledge workers make business intelligence information actionable. It utilizes AJAX, has Instant messaging, VoIP, mobile services, discussion forums, Wiki services and blogs all designed to enable users to take business intelligence to the next level as a team and to identify goals, tasks and deadlines. Congratulations to Oracle for addressing Web 2.0 in the business intelligence space.

Technorati Tags: Oracle Open World, Business Intelligence, web 2.0

Posted October 24, 2006 5:55 PM
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