I am not writing this to brag. I really just want to pinch myself. A self-confessed wine geek, I have been on a star studded tour of the wine universe in the last two-and-a-half months. And I have to put it all down, because if I tell myself a year from now about this, even I won't believe myself.
In the last several months I have met, fawned over, drooled in front of, and basically stuttered my way through introductions to more than three dozen people who I've only read about for the last ten years. And I've been blessed with a job, and with professional relationships, that have been nothing short of spectacular. A month or so ago I had a working lunch with Kevin Zraly, and met his sister (see above).
Kevin introduced me to he long time friend, famed wine writer and CIA wine professor, Steven Kolpan. Kolpan was incredibly gracious and friendly, and as suspected, an incredible font of wine knowledge.
I also met the World Wine Guys in February, and then saw them again in March!
Then I met Rapfael Vivanco the winemaker at Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco and the Museum of Wine Culture. Rafael makes wonderful traditional Riojian wines (Crianza, Reserva, and Grand Reserva) but has made small runs using heirloom Riojian grapes. Incredible!
I was introduced to Jeremy Baker of Thomas George Vineyards by the always charming, attractive, and vivacious Constance Oehmler of Verity Partners. His wines were fabulous!!!