Here is my selfie on the eve of one of our wine dinners last week in the US. I love visiting America. I learn a lot from our friends, partners and clients over there. I feel very fortunate indeed. I managed to get an enormous amount done marketing the wines and the Hotel and with my friend, Matt Haley, we made sure there was time to go speak at a school and be a part of the fantastic community work that he does.
So, despite it looking as if I’m trying to be 007, as you know I’m more a wine-man than a Martini-man. And as much as it is kind of cool to smarten myself up, I prefer to be in boots, jeans and a t-shirt, around the estate in Tuscany. I’m the kind of guy who has a short attention span and I tend to move from one thing to the next pretty sharply. The team that works for Sarah and I know that too and have come to expect my interventionist approach. I like to be involved. I want to stay current on the thousand things going on here, from how big the hail stones were in yesterdays storm, to when the new bottles of Grappa will be ready. There are architects and City Hall conversations going on about our plans to grow and accountants telling us if we’ve done a decent job. The Hotel and it’s guests are a welcome tonic after the savage wine world we work in. We have quite a few of our guests hosting their weddings with us and attention to detail is everything for them. We’ve hired a brilliant Hotel Manager, Claudia Giuliani, who is taking our hospitality offering here to the next level. We couldn’t be more pleased.
Anyway the long and short of it is that I am back and the Summer is on. We have the best team we have ever had, Elisa as Chef, Ilario, Director of Wine and Claudia running the Hotel business. And well, I’m knee deep in what I love-Tuscany.