Monday, February 25 2013
It's been a marvellous month for letters and emails from Winexpert winemakers and fans of the grape around the world, and it just keeps getting better. From the chap who enthusiastically tackled challenges in spelling and grammar to share his enthusiasm for Washington wines, to another writer halfway around the world who wanted to confirm something she had read in an article I wrote on oak and wine--had I really used Norwegian Wood and woken up in a bathtub?.
Yesterday I checked my email and found a delightful note from Ashley Brandt, a law-talking person from Chicago, with this picture attached.No toddlers were harmed in this photo, although the box looks done for. Photo by A Brandt.
Can't thank you guys enough. His mom is out of town for the week for work and we needed something fun to do. This will be the best batch ever.
No, Ashley, I can't thank you enough. Some days, dealing with planning, customer service issues, education, writing, marketing stuff, product issues, etcetera, it almost slips my mind that our wines are made by people. Ordinary, wonderful, normal people, on their own, with friends, and sometimes in the bosom of their family. Some people who make their own wine have a family legacy, especially if they're of European descent, but even more do not. For those of you who came to winemaking on your own, can you imagine how cool it would be to have shared this with your parent from a very young age? To connect with them on a shared hobby that has thousands of years of history and community? That would be pretty swell.
Brandt Jr. is a lucky little guy. I hope he grows up to love wine, winemaking and the wine lifestyle, but you know what? Even if he doesn't he's still very lucky to have a family that wants to share wonderful things with him, and he's probably going to turn out to be a cool kid.
If you're interested in alcohol and the law, go on over the Ashley's website: www.libationlawblog.com and if you need legal advice on beverage alcohol in Chicago, now you know a guy. And his charming little tyke!
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