Some times it is the simplest things that make the largest difference. A walk in the waning light with the one you love, your dogs at your feet, and a good glass of wine in the hand that’s not holding onto your beloved’s. There is nothing simpler and truer.
June and I have been able to settle into this rhythm as we also settle (somewhat) into the house at Steven Kent’s estate vineyard in the Livermore Valley. The natural beauty of this place is mind-altering and life-changing, and it is a constant reminder of my belief that beauty exists everyday…even if it is sometimes buried beneath heartache.
I have never been so excited to be part of the wine and food scene in the Livermore Valley. In my 17 years here, there have never been more people displaying a passion (both in their demeanor and in their wines and cuisine) for excellence as there are now.
The Livermore Valley is going through a tremendous renaissance, but there is still a long way for all of us who work to bring enjoyment to peoples’ lives to get to a level commensurate with the quality of the place we work and live.
And as someone who intends to be part of this excitement here until they pry my cold, dead hands from around the wine barrel, I am intensely interested in learning what it is we could be doing to improve the Livermore Valley experience.
So, shoot me a comment or suggestion, and let’s see what we can do!