“Builds Determination” possibly the greatest understatement of all time for each vintner in Napa & Sonoma since 3am PDT yesterday. If any group of folks can set mind, time and effort to setting things right to get vineyards back in shape and figure out the impact on harvest, it is definitely the vineyard managers and wine makers in two of the finest, most famous AVA’s in the world.
One of the great privileges of spending a while in the wine and hospitality business is the opportunity to meet talented, hardworking people who dedicate their all to growing incredible fruit and turning each year’s vintage into wonderful wine year after year. My admiration for these friends and icons of fine wine is immense.
Since waking to the tragic news of the 6+ earthquake in Napa and Sonoma, the reality of the damage and impact right at harvest has been stunning. If only I wouldn’t be underfoot by going there to help! In a cat’s eye blink, I could be packed and on my way to help with clean-up. Realizing desire and experience are vastly different, I’m not expecting a call, but will continue to keep lots of folks, their vineyards, caves, and harvest in my thoughts and prayers.
… just about exactly three years ago, this website launched with a dream of launching a little wine consulting business while working toward becoming a Certified Sommelier. Having enjoyed a number of years working for a fabulous charity wine auction, yet another move to a new city, opened the opportunity to explore new ways of using the wine knowledge gained under the tutelage of several wonderful people such as Dr. Frank A. Nesi and Richard Brown and the myriad winemakers, winery owners, wine consultants and master sommeliers they introduced me to and who helped us launch A Night for Sight.
After investigating what would work in our new “hometown,” wine and the ways to integrate a new way of delivering food & wine pairings, an acquaintance suggested that I meet Tessa Leung, visionary proprietor of Sontes. We had a coffee at Jaspers and realized that we have complimentary philosophies surrounding, food, wine & hospitality. She generously took me on as a sommelier. There could be no better training than to be mentored by Tessa with her many talents and epic palate… even more important is her love of her community and support of local artists, students working hard to achieve their dreams, and each guest entering her restaurant.
Now how to grow today? Oh yes! Introducing Pairing to Perfection’s brand new logo, created by talented Laura Swenson Larson of Design Tartare.