Why I Love This Business

I have to say that with all life can throw at me - the winery, the kids, the bills, the family BS in a family business, well, sometimes things can get pretty overwhelming.  Sometimes I wonder out loud about hanging up my winery hat and trying something different.  And then, in an instant, I am reminded why I love the wine industry so much. 

Last night, we hosted our annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair judges' dinner at our home.  Each year, on their "off night" we invite the judges and their dates for a casual dinner.  This has become something of an annual tradition and, over the years, we've made lifelong friends with many of the attendees who are invited to judge year after year.  I always like to bring out a "moldy oldie", a treasure from our cellar. This year it was our 1999 Estate Fumé Blanc DCV3 Vineyard. Wow. Breaking bread together is always a terrific way to get to know people and it's great for the winery because we get to share our wines with a mixture of trade and media personalities.

But, that's not really why we have the dinner.  I've come to realize that some of my greatest friends are also a part of the wine industry.  It's so special for us to reconnect over a wonderful meal and some delicious wines all the while enjoying a warm autumn evening in wine country. Sitting around the table last night listening to the din of laughter, clinking glasses and friendly chatter, I took a deep breath and felt very thankful for all that I have. 

Because, at the end of the day, isn't life all about your family, friends and those you cherish?  I think what makes wine so great is that it binds us together in common purpose to share memories and experiences that last a lifetime.  Last night, was one of those memories I will always cherish.

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Jill Author Profile Page said:
September 24, 2011 10:00 AM

Kim- The pleasure was OURS! Sharing the 99 DCV Sauvignon Blanc was so generous on your part-- and we all enjoyed experiencing "life" from then, now. Wine is a wondrous thing-- alive and giving for many more years than we sometime think. Like friendships! THANK YOU ~ And DCV future looks fantastic. I enjoyed meeting and eating with your new winemaker. I see continued great things ahead for DCV. And bring back that Taylor's Vineyard Muscat! Delish and would LOVE to have that to sell to customers on a regular basis-- Get some well deserved rest and thanks for a heck of a party!

Jill Author Profile Page said:
September 24, 2011 10:04 AM

Kim- Sharing the 99 was SO generous on your part. What a thrill it was to enjoy a wine that STILL had life in it! Goes to show you that wine, like friendships, last thru the years despite the aging. Keep up the great work and bring back the Taylor's Vineyard Muscat-- I could sell the heck out of that ultra special crisp dry white wine-- peace!

AngelWorks Author Profile Page said:
September 24, 2011 2:26 PM

You can say that again! Such a lucky lady.

CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
October 3, 2011 10:51 AM

I'm glad to hear you had a great time Kim. Great food & wine shared with family, friends & strangers. That's what life is all about! That's what I live for!

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
October 4, 2011 11:05 AM

Hi Chuck - thanks for commenting. You know it's funny about the strangers part. Some of the judges were new to the competition however by the end of the evening, they are new friends. I think that's one of the things that makes wine and food so special - bringing people together and creating new friendships.

CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
October 4, 2011 9:48 PM

And that's what I'm trying to create for wine country & the wine industry! Something that's totally unprecedented!

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