California

California

March 2015 Mel and I set off for California for two sales meetings with our distributor, various wine tastings and sales calls and a visit to Tortoise Creek in Lodi. The trip also happened to coincide with my birthday and we were to arrive in SF ON my birthday....
The Crazy Parisians!

The Crazy Parisians!

Last December, Mel, Charlie and I had been in the Languedoc, France to do our blends of the 2013 Tortoise Creek wines and had then gone on to the Southern Rhone to spend some time with our Rhone partner at Le Charmel in the Costieres de Nimes. It gave us a perfect...
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

It was 1965 when Mel and I, as newlyweds, left England to spend three months living in an old wine press house in Jerez de la Frontera, called Cerro Viejo. He was 20 and I was 19 and this was our first year in the wine business. Mel had been offered a trainee position...
From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Now I know that you all think of Las Vegas as a fun place with great hotels, restaurants and casinos.  Mel and I haven’t been there since 1974.  It’s changed! We were taking my sister Georgia and her Italian architect partner of 15 years on a trip to the Grand Canyon...