August 2010 Archives
|Sometimes you have to put the family back into the family business-which is exactly what I just returned from doing. A couple of weeks on the coast of Maine was the perfect way to recharge my batteries and reconnect with my kids. Throw in perfect weather, plenty of ice cream and I swear I became the poster child for Life is Good! Since a picture is worth a thousand words I thought I'd share a few. Thank you guest bloggers Bill and Erin and to everyone who held the fort down in my absence. I love you all! |
Last week I had the chance to spend a little time in Denver, CO. I was there with a friend on a business trip, which left some time for me to explore the city solo. In order to capitalize on my short stint there, I decided to be the tourist (as opposed to host the tourist). It was interesting, walking around downtown, visiting hot spots per local recommendations. After two days I felt like I had a genuine impression of the city. On the flight home I started thinking, and I have mentioned this before; working behind the bar at a premium California winery is like traveling. Every day I meet people from various states and countries, and each interaction leaves a unique mark.
As a lover of language and culture I am always thrilled to host international guests. About two months ago, on one such occasion, I met a family from Strasbourg. They were on a tour of the United States, and they came to Dry Creek Vineyard per suggestion from their hotel concierge. In my broken high school French I welcomed them, and did my best to explain the DCV profile. Four wines later, our flagship was deemed the favorite. After ringing up a chilled bottle and handing over a couple picnic glasses, the gentleman said, Merci, votre Blanc Fumé est excellent! Even I understood that one, Thank you, your Fumé Blanc is excellent! The visit was brief but his sentiment was imprinted.
Erin Ginder-Shaw, Assistant Tasting Room Manager
It was like any other typical morning. First, an early morning walk through the vineyards with our Golden Retriever, Truman. Then a cup of coffee, a few minutes of news on the tube, and a quick shower before heading out the door for my ridiculously short 8 mile drive to the winery. NPR on the radio and still a bit bleary eyed, I was traveling down Dry Creek Road when I was literally forced to pull over. The beauty and majesty was breathtaking.
It was relatively early and the morning fog clung to the valley floor like a hand reaching down from the heavens. A flock of birds circled over the evergreen vineyards, the sunlight dancing across the top of the vines. The sky above was the most amazing shade of blue and the air was cool and crisp. From the side of the road, I took a few deep inhales of the pollutant free air and I thought to myself, I live in the most beautiful place on earth!
It's funny how one can go through life's motions, practically oblivious to the surroundings. Then, in an instant, you are awestruck by God's creation and Mother Nature's brilliance. Those of us that live and work in the Dry Creek Valley, I'm sure, have had similar experiences. On this morning, I was reminded of how very fortunate I am to call the Dry Creek Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth, my home.
|Bill Smart, Director of Communications|
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