The Red Carpet Wine

I have started this post at least a dozen times. The first was shortly after New Years when I was filled with excitement for a whole new era.  Like many, I was filled with optimism and hope. And a few extra pounds from the indulgences of my holiday spirit.  We had survived 2009 and were looking forward to a bright new year. Then I got distracted and found something better to do like rearrange my sock drawer.  

My next attempt was after I got a call from People magazine (yes, the People magazine!)  requesting photos for their story on the Screen Actors Guild Awards® show.  I had been interviewed shortly before Christmas as part of our 10th Anniversary at the show and admittedly, I was (still am) on cloud nine after learning that we would be mentioned in an upcoming issue. But then the earthquake happened. And the wind was let out of my sails as I learned about the tragedies and human trauma facing the people of Haiti. No matter how many times I try to put it out of my head, the situation there is so disturbing that it makes a small thing like writing a blog post seem rather insignificant and inconsequential.

This is not the first time I've had this feeling. Granted, running a family owned winery is not a bad way to make a living. And, I like to think that the pleasure our products provide will have some kind of a lasting impact long after I/we're gone. But it's not a cure for cancer, nor is it relevant when compared to the problems of the world today.  

Unless you're a brain surgeon, I'm sure you can relate. ButClick to enlarge! life moves on, and so I need to put my winery marketing hat back on. Please forgive me as I continue on by touting our involvement in this year's SAG Awards show which airs this Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT and TBS. I'll be leaving tomorrow to pour Dry Creek Vineyard wines for the who's who of Hollywood. This year, guests will have the added pleasure of tasting our 10th Anniversary SAG Awards Cuvée, an exclusive bottling we created to celebrate our 10 years of partnership.  It's a one-of-a-kind wine that is available on an extremely limited basis through our tasting room only. Check it out at

And, pick up a current copy of People magazine if you're at the grocery store tonight. Right there on page 99, in a small caption next to Angelina Jolie's head, is a sentence that sums up a decade of work: “As celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have done in the past, guests will toast the night with Dry Creek Vineyard wines.”

It might not be as meaningful as relief work in Haiti or finding a cure for a deadly disease, but it's my life's work and the passionate pursuit of a whole bunch of dedicated people around here.

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CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
January 19, 2010 11:41 PM

Hey Kim,

Have fun pouring for the movie stars! It sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. I'll look for you on the TV broadcast. Will Taylor be going with you to the event?

Congrad's on your story in People magazine. I'll look for the story the next time I'm in the grocery store.

While in Mendocino wine country last week, I met with one of your former colleague's Alex MacGregor at Saracina Winery. Says he enjoyed working with you guys, & says hi to everyone.

J&K Author Profile Page said:
January 20, 2010 2:53 PM

Hi Kim

Have fun at the awards and hopefully the weather cooperates. Kym and I are looking forward to once again spending our wedding anniversary with you, Don and our extended Drycreek family on Feb 13th at the awesome cellar dinner celebration. We also hope to get a hold of some of this fantastic wine before it is a distant memory.

Take Care and safe travels

John Markley

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
January 20, 2010 10:49 PM

Great to hear from both of you.
Chuck, no I'm not bringing Taylor this year, much to her dismay. Hopefully, I'll be doing this in 4 more years so I can bring her on her 21st bday. Wouldn't that be something?
John, give the tasting room a call so they can put a few bottles of the SAG Cuvee aside for you. I'd hate to be out of stock by the time you guys get down here for the wine club dinner. It will be great to see you.
Take care,

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