• Columnists

John Peters, Wine Director, Culinaria Cooking School

COLUMN = WINE

John Peters is the director of wine at Culinaria Cooking School, which is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2010.

He has been in the wine business for nearly three decades. With his father and brother, John founded Wide World of Wines in 1982 and ran the retail business through 1989, hand selecting wines from vineyards all over the world. John then went to work for Continental Liquors until 1994, and from 1997 to 2003 he was the Mid-Atlantic marketing manager for DeLoach Vineyards.

John is frequently invited to speak about wine at the National Press Club, the Decanter Club, The Greenbrier, The Homestead, and the French and Australian Embassies in Washington, DC.

“John brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the marriage of food and wine to Culinaria Cooking School,” say Culinaria Cooking School co-owners Stephen Sands and Pete Snaith.

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi