A $10 Zin At Costco–2014 Sonoma County Old Vine Zin

I’ve been testing the Costco Kirkland wines. Doing my research for you to find good bargains. BOOM! Here’s the Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel.

Kirkland Signature Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from the low-yielding vines that average 45 years of age. This classic Old Vine Zinfandel has opaque shades of deep red-purple fruit with a bouquet and palate structure of blackberry, cassis, blueberry and chocolate, which is supported by vanilla and spice notes from oak maturation and lifted by bright acidity and supple, ripe tannins.

This is a good steady choice.

Review: James Stockdale. Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus’s Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior

James Stockdale was the Carrier Air Group Commander on the USS Oriskany. He was shot down over North Vietnam while filing an A-4 attack mission on Sept. 9, 1965.

Before he took that fateful cat-shot, Stockdale studied stoic philosophy at Stanford. He was a student of the teachings of Epictetus, a Greek philosopher who was born in 50 AD. Stockdale’s story of how Epictetus’ philosophy helped him survive and flourish 7 1/2 years as a prisoner of war is required reading.

Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus’s Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior is a 21-page essay that can be bought on your Kindle for $1.99

I particularly liked this book because of my experience as a naval flight officer, a designation Stockdale refers to in the book as “electronic wizards.” Additionally, I went through the Navy’s Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) school in 1981. The SERE school isn’t something one forgets. Reading this book reminded me of what I learned there–the prisoner tap code, the importance of the chain of command, and the Code of Conduct for the U.S. Fighting Man

But the primary lesson I learned reading Stockdale’s essay was an introduction to stoicism. I am drawn to this philosophy and believe it to be an excellent foundation for practical living. This little book is a great primer.