Sadly, I have to state the obvious. We have had a very busy year. VERY BUSY. You have probably noticed that we haven't had much posting on the progress of this year's Vintacon. On top of that I have surgery scheduled for October 3rd for my ongoing (+four years and counting) knee issues. Unfortunately, I have to do this during the teaching year, and once again deplete all of my available sick leave. If I could wait another nine months until summer break, I would. The pain has worsened, and I am barely able to walk upright for much longer. As a result of this medical issue, we will not be able to prepare or conduct the type of Vintacon that you are all accustomed to. So we are pushing it back one year so I can heal. I'm hoping that you won't be disappointed too much.
I would like to have some sort of consolation outing up in Calistoga at the castle, but that may even be difficult at best.
My apologies to all who were looking "sideways" this autumn at Santa Barbara's wineries.