It’s been a while since I’ve done any serious winemaker travel. This week I’m back in Georgia. I love the Southeast. I was born here and lived here until I was 19 when I moved up to New York. The people are friendly, the air is soft and amazingly spectacular thunderstorms happen everyday at 4 pm. I spent 9 days working the Atlanta market a few years ago when I was making Emma Pearl, which was very well received here, so I felt at home now that I am back. We first hosted a consumer event at The Cloister at Sea Island, GA. It was an amazing place.
The food was amazing including Tarot, Duck, and a novel take on Shepherd’s pie followed by an amazingly stunning dessert. Of course I forgot all about taking foodie pictures because I was enjoying the experience too much. I did save the menu though.
The next day before we drove to Atlanta we stopped for Southern BBQ at Southern Soul. It was amazing and highly recommended.
Yesterday and today I’ve been in Atlanta. I stayed at the St. Regis last night which has never failed to impress me with their attention to detail. Their lobby is amazing.
Dinner was at Hal’s on Old Ivy last night and was quite possibly the best steak I have had in a VERY long time. For sure a top five of my life! Today we are visiting some accounts introducing our new Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville BDX, a Bordeaux blend that Genevieve and I came up with that is unlike anything the winery has done previously. It’s SO exciting to be introducing it to the buyers here. I’m off to South Carolina after this to spend time with friends and family and get some much needed R&R. >