I am in Geneva today at a watch show for our sister publication, Cigar Aficionado, but I would much rather be in America with all of you to celebrate the new presidency. I have lived out of the United States for more than 23 years, and I don’t think I have ever felt more proud to be American than today. This is truly a great day for us, as well as the rest of the world. What hope we all have despite the difficulties in the world from war to economic meltdown.
I am glued to CNN in between meetings. And I am in awe of all the people who are attending the inauguration. I think most people in the world want to be there. Television, radio or Internet, peoples of the world will be there in any case.
On the wine front, I by coincidence organized a dinner with Robert de Luxembourg, among others. He is the head of the famous first-growth estate of Haut-Brion, which has American roots, and the legendary property of La Mission-Haut-Brion. His grandfather was C. Douglas Dillon, who was the secretary of treasury from 1961 to 1965 and a great diplomat as well as having been an ambassador to France.
I guess it’s the best I can do today as an American and where I am. Maybe we might even drink a bottle of Haut-Brion or La Mission-Haut-Brion to celebrate our new president? That would be amazing! The two châteaus are essentially American wine estates in France. And they proudly fly the American flag each day. I think we should all fly our flag today. Enjoy your evening and toast our new president.
Matt Scott — Honolulu HI — January 20, 2009 11:51am ET
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Dan Murphy — Tampa, FL — January 20, 2009 12:18pm ET
Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL — January 20, 2009 12:41pm ET
Bryan Hassin — Houston, TX — January 20, 2009 12:54pm ET
Gregory Walter — Sonoma, CA — January 20, 2009 2:16pm ET
Dennis D Bishop — Shelby Twp., MI, USA — January 20, 2009 3:02pm ET
Dr J Rosenblatt — Montreal, Canada — January 20, 2009 3:38pm ET
Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL — January 20, 2009 4:51pm ET
Greg Neidballa — Chicago, IL USA — January 20, 2009 7:24pm ET
Lorenzo Erlic — victoria canada — January 20, 2009 8:02pm ET
Peter Dengenis — los angeles CA — January 20, 2009 8:07pm ET
Ryan Wilhite — January 20, 2009 8:38pm ET
Eugene Kim — Houston, TX — January 20, 2009 8:42pm ET
James Rego — Redding, Ca., Shasta County — January 20, 2009 10:41pm ET
Gregory Walter — Sonoma, CA — January 20, 2009 11:23pm ET
James Suckling — — January 21, 2009 4:23am ET
Dr J Rosenblatt — Montreal, Canada — January 21, 2009 4:27am ET
Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL — January 21, 2009 9:11am ET
Matt Scott — Honolulu HI — January 21, 2009 11:57am ET
Andrew J Grotto — January 21, 2009 2:12pm ET
Jim Nuffield — Toronto — January 21, 2009 7:19pm ET
Martin Stoevesandt — Germany — January 22, 2009 10:20am ET
Eric Swanson — Westlake — January 22, 2009 10:34am ET
James Suckling — — January 22, 2009 10:51am ET
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