(Jamie Jamison, Chef Debbie Gold, Al Samuelson, and this guy, 1st day on the job in KC)
There is no way I can easily write this post. To try and some up the last six months in a single post is just not possible. I thought of a video, a photo essay, a tweetstorm (don’t know if that exists, but it sounds good), but perhaps just a few words on the page would work the best.
Getting here and being hired on by Murphy-Goode was an amazing experience. I owe everything to those who supported my dream, my friends, family, Tracy, and the online communities who pushed me, and who made me get up and go when I thought I had nothing more to give. When I look back, those were the hardest days, but perhaps the most life-changing– Where I clearly saw that everything and anything was possible in life, and where I was encouraged to risk it all for a shot at my dream. I thank everyone for this.
Life in Healdsburg: What can I say? This is paradise for anyone who loves wine, food, and most importantly– people / community. My friends who have come through have been blown away, and I am so lucky to have found a new home. If you haven’t made a trip to Sonoma County, put it on your list. It is a special place in the universe.
Murphy-Goode: The one thing I heard from the very beginning from our most loyal fans- “We like your wines, but we LOVE your people.” There are thousands of wineries out there, many make good juice, but when it comes to something as personal as wine, you really want to deal with the people you love. It is more than a product, it is a story, a connection, a spot on the path of life where you stop to say hello. The people at Murphy-Goode are great people. Winemaker Dave Ready Jr. is the heart and soul of this brand. When you meet him, you walk away a friend. I hope you find that in every bottle you pick up.
Value of Social Media: I just posted about that here, but whether in wine or any other industry, the value is in connection and relationships, and fortunately, that is the fun part too. I am grateful for all of the life long friends I have met along this journey.
This has been the most incredible ride of my life, and the future looks amazing. I hope to meet you on the path.
With heartfelt thanks,