A confluence of events may have brought us here, the people, the connections, the highlights keep us here and impassioned. While the priority is welcoming our guests and providing them with a great experience, my favorite days, my highlights, are those spent with our guests, making connections, sharing stories. The past few days was filled with great interactions with guests. Newlyweds, Brian and Jen, took a break from getting their new home settled to come visit; Helen called Saturday night to be reminded why “Ned said, Red” is so named; when the Stanley’s left after a leisurely tasting and lovely chat, Mom wanted to give me a hug; a bride and groom came to the Villa to have their pictures done; two guests, engineers it turns out, happily jumped behind the checkout counter to fix the register printer; Matt desperately needed a bottle of Ned in Portland because he had drunk what was to be a birthday gift for a friend; two little girls learned that grapes don’t grown on trees…you, along with all the other guests who just walked in and seemed content to linger here, were my highlights over the past few days.
So as my friend Lani said as we hiked the trail to Maiden’s Cliff this morning “it’s all about the people”. She’s right – we grow grapes, make wines, offer wine tastings, but the experiences and people are what make it all worthwhile. – For each of you, I hope we provide you a highlight. You continue to provide me mine.