Category: Food & Drink

The Strategic Oenophile

This is a guest post written by my father, Jerry Adel, which originally appeared in the March 2009 issue of the Strategic Leadership Forum’s Focus on Strategy newsletter. Jerry Adel is President of Jerry Adel & Company Management Consultants. A long-time Strategic Leadership Forum member, Jerry has developed a reputation for choosing great wines for their informal, collegial Book Group meetings.

While shopping for wine with my list in hand at our neighborhood wine store, I am frequently approached by other customers seeking help in picking a wine.


After explaining that I don’t work there, I sometimes offer to help, and I often start by asking them what they like and what they’re going to use the wine for. In reality, they don’t have a strategy, and they are generally inclined to want to just grab something with a minimal investment of time and effort.

But for me, the fun in wine is in the research, the hunt, the selection, the purchase, the organizing and storing, and – of course – the drinking.



Pizza in Sorrento, Italy

I thought Toronto had some pretty good pizza, until I went to Italy and ate pizza there.


You might say I thought that the pizza was better just because I was eating it in Italy. Whether this is the case or not, I somehow doubt I’ll find a pizza like this anywhere in Canada.