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.