I’m headed off to Tuscany and points beyond for a fortnight.
I could make up something about needing a vacation, or change of scenery, or new blogging material.
But the truth is I’m going to catch up with my old friend and colleague, James Suckling, and help him drain of some of the oversize bottles of Barolo and Brunello that are clogging his cellar.
Imagine me being able to walk from my apartment in Il Borro to his estate (and cellar)…I'm sure he must be terrified I'll be thirsty.
James and I go back a long way, to 1981, and have worked together on scores of stories.
Last night, over dinner, I told some of my colleagues – MaryAnn Bovio, Gloria Maroti Frazee and Kate Elia – about some of our road-trip adventures. Details another time.
Gloria and Kate have been in Napa and Sonoma shooting videos, and we toasted them with a bottle of 2000 Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir. You should make sure to watch their Helen Turley-John Wetlaufer episode, since Gloria and Kate were able to capture some great insights into why Helen and John are such incredible winemakers. They even share some of their wine-and-grape tasting secrets.
While I'm traveling, MaryAnn suggested I used this space to get some free advice from you. If you have ideas or thoughts on how we can improve our magazine, or offer story lines, you can share them here.
I promise that they’ll get delivered to the appropriate authorities, including the guy with the big corner office and his name on the front door.
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