A Stranger In My Own Home Town
|I never thought I'd feel like an old-timer. How did this happen-ugh?!
How could it be that at 32 years old ok, I'm lying actually 44 years old, (dangerously close to forty five!) that I'd relate to how the old guys must have felt when a transplanted city slicker from Boston arrived on the scene back in 1972. But there I was having a rare date night out with The Husband when it happened.
We were seated at the bar of Bistro Ralph, Ralph Tingle's eponymous restaurant here in Healdsburg. On either side, we overheard the happy banter of numerous newbie winery and vineyard owners. I suddenly realized that I didn't recognize one single person. Worse, they didn't know me! It was an odd feeling to be in a town you've lived your entire life, a member of the business community for over 35 years, and feel like a complete outsider. I must admit, I didn't like it one bit at all.
I was feeling a bit depressed until we had our first sip of a delicious wine by some new winery named Arista. A 2005 Pinot Noir that was smooth as silk and as refined as a Hermès scarf tied on a Prada bag. Ok, that might be a stretch, but you get the point. At that very moment, I was reminded of the magic of wine discovery. How fun it is to learn about a new wine from a new producer. How cool it is to listen to the waiter, take that leap of faith, and order something new, sight unseen.
And then I wondered did anyone discover a Dry Creek Vineyard wine tonight??
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