Just to prove that I do have other interests, I decided to create this entry. Four years ago I decided that I needed to consider life after programming (not the fun programming, but the stressful, corporate, day job programming). Also it was mid-life crisis time, so I looked for what else I was passonate about and came up with wine. 13 years ago my cousin, his wife and my parents started a vineyard called Hatton Estate. At the time I was searching for the future, they decided that we needed to expand into winemaking, so I became a shareholder. So every March/April I head back across the Tasman Sea to my place of birth, New Zealand and work the vintage. It's great to spend time out in the open air working with nature, or plunging the open top frementors. It really clears the mind.
The good news is our premium wine, Hatton Estate Tahi (tahi is the Maori word for One) has been selected as one of the top 22 New Zealand wines by the San Francisco Chronicle wine panel.