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.