When the Stars Align

Ok, maybe it's a girl thing. But there really, truly, is something magical about being at the SAG Awards, representing our wines to all Click photo to enlarge!those stars. Ironically, I'm the last person who should be impressed with the who's who of Hollywood. Heck, I can't even identify most of the celebrities since I go to the movies about once a year and rarely watch anything on TV besides 60 Minutes. Nonetheless, our 11th year as the official wines of the SAG Awards was just that, magical.

From the glittering lights and flashing cameras, to the frenzied excitement of walking the red carpet, it's a surreal experience. I proudly chatted up the winery and mingled with the crowd while teasing the paparazzi with my big bottle...and I mean literally as you can see from the photos. The exposure was great, thanks to a very dear publicist friend who took me under her wing for a day. Without her, I would have been lost. With her, I was transformed from just another Sonoma County vintner to a glamorous wine diva... Ah yes, hard work does pay off.

AllClick photo to enlarge! in all, it was a great show. I had interviews with a variety of television and print media outlets, met a number of influential and interesting personalities, and got a lot of great photos and memorabilia to add to my collection. My favorite is Ernest Borgnine, who at 94 years old won the Lifetime Achievement Award. But most importantly, I added new fans to our extended winery family. Because when it comes right down to it, that's what matters most.

A recent email from the head of the Producer's Guild of America summed it up best:

"I loved your SAG Awards Cuvee. How can I get more?"

But I still have a lot of work to do. Angie Harmon didn't know that Zinfandel is red. Celebrities, (like others new to wine) almost always Click photo to enlarge!automatically ask for Chardonnay. And, Napa is by far the better known wine region of the state. I don't know how many times I corrected people on this last point.  No, we are not in "NAH PAH"; we are in "SO KNOW MA!"  

As for LA LA land, I'm not sure I fit in. My lips aren't poochy, my eyes are showing signs of age, and my culinary tastes veer toward savory and satisfying as opposed to slimming and slenderizing. (Something about air bread and H2O just doesn't do it for me...you know what I mean?)  Besides, I can't get used to the "you know who you remind me of...?" phrase that seems to automatically pop out of people's mouths when you meet them for the first time. What's wrong with just being me?

The weekend was filled with plenty of laughs as I sipped, slurped, and gawked my way through the streets of LA. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. I will be forever grateful!

My new BFF's.....

Click to enlarge - Dennis Haysbert & Kim Click to enlarge - Ernest Borgnine & Kim Click to enlarge - Kyra Sedgewick & Kim
Click to enlarge - Tina Fey & Kim Click to enlarge - Christian Bale & Kim Click to enlarge - Melissa Leo & Kim
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CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
February 9, 2011 9:35 PM

Great story Kim! You looked absolutely stunning! Can I get your autograph? LOL! Those celebrities aren't much different from many of my guests at the hotel LOL! Except most of our guests are more wine connoisseurs who know more about wine or at least know that Zinfandel is a Red wine LOL! I don't think I would fit in to LaLa land as well although some celebrities might think I look like Denzel Washington LOL! I'm glad to hear some celebrities loved your wines! Also glad to hear you made some more contacts. You know who you remind me of Kim - Kim Stare Wallace!!!

Jack said:
February 10, 2011 8:23 AM

Wow, these are great pictures. Also, that must have been tough carrying around that huge bottle all night. What was your training regimen like?

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 15, 2011 6:50 AM

Thanks for the comments gentlemen. Note: my training regimen includes 20 bicep curls per day, preferably made with a bold masculine wine like Zinfandel...ha!

Jessy Lynn said:
March 21, 2011 4:01 PM

amazing photos. you looked amazing. lucky you

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