Twenty years ago living Santa Fe, in various places passed daily there were signs, posters, tee-shirts, and bumper stickers declaring “Santa Fe, a City Different”. When first arriving there after living in a Colorado ski area for a number of years, Santa Fe did indeed seem a “City Different”. But this visit, on every level, Santa Fe was a “City Wonderful”.
Among the “city wonderful” traits, is the relaxed way that friends not seen in years, pick up exactly where the last visit ended as if we had dinner together just last week. It is phenomenal how wonderful each of our closest friends there is and such an honor to sit around wonderful dining tables chatting as glorious sunsets unfurl their magnificent colors that are proof-positive the light and vivid colors of Santa Fe are mesmerizingly different from anywhere else on earth.
Then there’s the “different” of walking into a independent wine shop and chatting with the sales person about some of their unique selections and realizing we are on similar sommelier continuing education paths. Then finding a beautiful bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc; a wine read about but never sampled. Perfect! Purchased the Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and a lovely Gigondas and out the door to more friends’ home to enjoy a fabulous lamb dinner. When checking out, the sales person deducted a trade discount normally offered only to local wine professionals. Santa Fe, a city wonderful!
That dinner was precious! Catching up with more friends, listening to one play cello beautifully, learning of another’s daunting health challenges, hearing more life stories from folks we love dearly while we all enjoyed amazing wines from new friend and fellow wine professional. One of the gifts of being a sommelier is watching sheer delight spread across faces as a new jewel of a wine slips down the throat. Truly this is like watching one of those amazing Santa Fe sunsets unfurl over those beautiful mountains.
Santa Fe; a City Wonderful.