Going back to LA for Blue Danube Wine Co. Summer School after living in Brooklyn for the past year, felt more reunion than class. The massiveness of this personal experience dawned when the Summer air hit me outside LAX and memories forgotten and familiar swirled together.
LA has changed. Not because it needed too, but because this is what it does best. It was great to reconnect with many of the people responsible for this, I did not know that I missed them so much. Seeing that what were conversations, some quite old, come to fruition and play a part, is in my world profound. Wine defines this business, but relationships give it value. For those in LA who have supported what we do, hosted us in their businesses and taught at least as much as learned, my hat is eternally tipped. The invitation we sent out for the trade tasting listed me as an instructor, the reality is that I am among the students, in LA most of all.
Extra hat tips to:
Silver Lake Wine – for hosting the awesome Sunday Tasting
Terroni – For hosting the Summer School
Gjelina – for the 5th year anniversary party and Romanesque lunch
Walts Wharf – for still being were it all began for me
…and of course Michael Newsome and Mike Tesarek my Blue Danubians in crime whom without, this experience would have not been possible.
until next time.