Well, I'm back. From vacation that is (hence the quiet blog). I was able to get away for a week with the family, enjoying the sun and gentle breezes in Barbados.
This was our first time to Barbados and, after trying a few Caribbean islands over the years, we may like Barbados the best. Its people were easily the friendliest and the food was definitely the best (and that includes St. Bart's).
Peter Bell, 55, has been the winemaker at the Finger Lakes' Fox Run Vineyards since 1995. He stopped by my office today and following are some excerpts from our conversation.
I sat down with André Shearer, chairman of South African importer Cape Classics, Inc., to talk about selling South African wines in the competetive American and Asian markets. The youthful looking 50-year-old father of three lives in Somerset West, speaks with a gentle South African accent (he was born in Johannesburg) and is now celebrating his 20th year importing South African wine into the U.S. market. His company accounts for one in every three bottles of South African wine in the U.S. and exclusively represents 20 brands, including top names such as Thelema, Mulderbosch, Kanonkop and Ken Forrester. Here are excerpts from our conversation.