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We Interrupt This Blog to Bring You: Vinography Jr.

vinography_onesie.jpgI wrote this post in advance, knowing that I'd probably have to throw it up here at the last minute and sprint. Things might be a little erratic around here for the next couple of weeks, thanks to a new addition to the Vinography family.

See what happens when you drink wine? Let this be a lesson to you. A few good nights with a few good bottles, and nine months later? Pop. Just like a cork.

So we're off to the hospital with a bottle of Krug, and you probably won't see a post here for a few days while we get to know our daughter, Sparrow Lieu. I know it will be tough, but you'll just have to hang in there without your daily dose. Perhaps you can wait in anticipation that my tasting notes will go off the deep end as I'm making them in a state of complete sleep deprivation when I resurface. Lord knows I'll need a good glass of wine.



Comments (57)

Arthur wrote:
05.13.08 at 1:45 PM

Congratulations Alder!

Welcome to the ranks of the Perpetually Underslept and Hung Over!

Fabrizio wrote:
05.13.08 at 1:53 PM

Congratulations Alder!
That will be the best bottle you will ever open.

christine lieu wrote:
05.13.08 at 2:08 PM

yay! Very excited and happy to meet the newest member of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys now... :)

05.13.08 at 4:06 PM

Congratulations, Alder! I am anxiously awaiting word from my oldest daughter who is also due any second, with her second child (our 8th grandchild)!

Randy Sloan wrote:
05.13.08 at 5:35 PM

Congratulations on a successful 2008 vintage!!

Rajiv A. wrote:
05.13.08 at 5:58 PM

Congratulations, Alder!

I'll toast a glass to you and your newly-expanded family tonight!

05.13.08 at 7:58 PM

CONGRATS...welcome to the world of fatherhood my friend!

05.13.08 at 7:59 PM

Congratulations Alder and Mrs Yarrow (assuming of course your undoubtedly better half did not keep her maiden name ala Mrs. Smith!).

Jill wrote:
05.13.08 at 9:28 PM

Mazel tov!

Jill wrote:
05.13.08 at 9:29 PM

Mazel tov!

Jill wrote:
05.13.08 at 9:33 PM

Mazel Tov

The Corkdork wrote:
05.13.08 at 10:51 PM

HUGE congratulations Alder. I wish you all the best of luck and welcome to the Dad club! - John

Ivan wrote:
05.14.08 at 2:30 AM


Enjoy your newborn daughter.

ryan wrote:
05.14.08 at 2:36 AM

Congrats Alder, enjoy the new addition and the Krug!

barbara wrote:
05.14.08 at 3:07 AM

How fabulous, Congratulations.

Sonadora wrote:
05.14.08 at 3:53 AM

Many congratulations!

05.14.08 at 4:36 AM

Congratulations on Sparrow's debut! Here's a simple cinquain for her:

Sprouting your wings
Bringing new love to life
with unlimited potential

Francisco wrote:
05.14.08 at 6:11 AM

Wonderful news! Congratulations Alder!

Rich wrote:
05.14.08 at 8:31 AM

Fantastic news, indeed. Wonderfully life changing. We have four, so we recommend you have many happy returns.

Dean Tudor wrote:
05.14.08 at 8:46 AM

Good on ya, congrats and best wishes to the mother...I am glad you didn't name her after a wine...

Vergari wrote:
05.14.08 at 9:21 AM

Wonderful news. Felicitaciones!

doug wrote:
05.14.08 at 9:28 AM

Mazel tov!

Alexandre wrote:
05.14.08 at 11:27 AM

Congratulations Alder!

in portuguese: Parabéns!


Gretchen wrote:
05.14.08 at 12:45 PM

Congratulations! As a mother who has gone through two natural births, I have to ask: what would your wife say about the "pop, and out comes the baby" line? ;)

Raising a glass to you and yours.

Alder wrote:
05.14.08 at 1:00 PM

Thank you all for your good wishes. Momma and baby are doing fine.

Gretchen, my wife says it was just like a cork, except for the 8 hours of incredibly painful wrestling with the corkscrew to make it happen.

Mike Kitson wrote:
05.14.08 at 3:07 PM

Congratulations on the new addition!

Mike Kitson wrote:
05.14.08 at 3:10 PM

Congratulations on your new additions!

05.14.08 at 3:20 PM


Great to hear the arrival of Sparrow. All the best to you, Ruth, and the little one. The first few days are beautiful, tender, and full of awe.


Bertrand wrote:
05.15.08 at 12:10 AM

Great news, Alder ! Congratulations to Ruth and you (from B. and myself).

brett wrote:
05.15.08 at 8:20 AM

Welcome to the world, Sparrow. I can't wait to meet you. And a big congratulations to mom and dad!!

Jennifer wrote:
05.15.08 at 10:40 AM

Alder - great news, cheers! Another fledgling writer and wine lover in our midst no doubt.

Jack wrote:
05.15.08 at 1:40 PM

Who-hoo!!! I had suspected that day was the day.

Big congrats to you and Ruth! I hope she trains you two well. I suspect her first project is to expand the Vinography aroma card. :)

Michelle wrote:
05.16.08 at 4:20 AM

Congrats to all of you! And welcome Sparrow! Great news!

David McDuff wrote:
05.16.08 at 1:26 PM

Congrats, Alder. All the best to you, baby Vino and the rest of the family.

Greg Walter wrote:
05.16.08 at 4:23 PM

Congratulations, Alder!

A whole new world is about to open up for you! When my daughter was born seven years ago, she changed my life in so many incredible ways. You're in for an amazing ride...

johnny oh wrote:
05.16.08 at 9:10 PM


Alder wrote:
05.16.08 at 9:34 PM

Thank you all so much for your good wishes.

05.17.08 at 7:30 AM

Congratulations, Alder! Many cheers to the new and old family! What bottle are you going to save in memory of this great event?

Erik wrote:
05.17.08 at 2:08 PM

Just wanted to add my congratulations!


Alder wrote:
05.17.08 at 9:31 PM

Thanks Giampiero.

I will save some 2008 wine, but since that wine has not been harvested yet, I don't know which one I will buy! Certainly something that will last a long time.

Jo Diaz wrote:
05.18.08 at 8:10 AM

Alder, I trust by now you've learned it's not about sleep deprivations and tasting notes going off the deep end. You've just been given your greatest tasting assignment... Drinking in the beauty of a daughter on special adrenalin given to all new parents.

Congratulations to all of you. How sweet!

Mitzi wrote:
05.18.08 at 6:04 PM

Congratulations! Better stock up on some 2008 vintage bottles in a few years.

nowino wrote:
05.18.08 at 7:47 PM

Best wishes. Remember the wisdom of grandparents: "If I'd known how much fun grandkids would be, I'd have had them first." Too late. Enjoy anyway.

nowino wrote:
05.18.08 at 7:49 PM

Best wishes. Remember the wisdom of grandparents: "If I'd known how much fun grandkids would be, I'd have had them first." Too late. Enjoy anyway.

05.19.08 at 5:34 AM

Congratulations, all the best. Simon

tom farella wrote:
05.19.08 at 10:17 AM

Congratulations to you and Ruth!! It sounds like things are well and you are prepared for the sleep/food/wine shell game. Maybe you cans still type with Sparrow in a Baby Bjorn worn on the front and she will get sleepy with the sound of all them keystrokes.

All the Best to you and your family...

Richard Leland wrote:
05.19.08 at 10:55 AM


(And fasten your seat belt.)


Renie Steves wrote:
05.19.08 at 11:47 AM

Wow - wonderful! Now you know the real meaning of 'debut.' And to think, those two days were the first you've taken off since your honeymoon. Sparrow gives a whole new meaning to life.....

Neil Monnens wrote:
05.19.08 at 6:40 PM

Big congrats!

1WineDude wrote:
05.19.08 at 7:09 PM


Don't listen to anyone dolling out advice. Except me - I'm making every mistake in the father book so far! :-)


Amy Gardner wrote:
05.19.08 at 10:03 PM

Congratulations Alder! Oh, the first few days are so precious, and so grueling. I wish you every happiness--and no need for a reply--I know how hard it is juggling work and a new baby. My best to you, your wife and the beautiful baby.

Iris wrote:
05.20.08 at 1:45 AM

Nearly missed that advertisement:-): herzlichen Glückwunsch, Alder, to you, Gretchen (so you are her Faust?) and the kleiner Spatz!

IF everything goes well and the wild boars and thunderstorms stay away, I promise you a bottle of Lisson 2008 for your cellar in two years! We'll find a way to beam it over the ocean:-)

Iris wrote:
05.20.08 at 1:50 AM

Oh, sorry, I just found out, that "Gretchen" was just an other commentary, so don't pay attention to my illusion and double my Glückwünsche to your wife:-)!

Doug wrote:
05.21.08 at 5:01 AM

that's awesome. congrats :D

Alfonso wrote:
05.21.08 at 6:09 AM

Auguri, you all!

Enjoy the best years of your lives!


Keli wrote:
05.22.08 at 5:54 PM

Can't wait to see you guys and Sparrow--congrats!

sam wrote:
05.28.08 at 12:32 PM

top name! I love it! COngratulations to all three of you.

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