To paraphrase the Vermont state song-
“They say home is where the heart is
These green mountains are (not) my home (but they could be).”
I’ve traveled to many places and seen some amazing sights, but what makes a place truly special AND what lures me back time and again are its people. Vermont is one of those rare places that has both natural beauty and genuinely great people.
I am going to take a stab at something I am not really known for- brevity. I am going to set aside my penchant for narrative and just let the photos from my very brief, but jam-packed trip to Vermont speak for themselves. To say the least, Kim assigned me a rather ambitious itinerary. Click on the previous sentence for a perfect example of what I mean! You can see why I was tasting Amrita a 6 in the morning with chef Curtiss Hemm! Thank you again, Kim- REALLY! I have a new marketing idea- “Amrita. It’s not just for breakfast anymore!”
The following is a photo journal of my time in Vermont:
The exterior of Hen of the Wood restaurant- an old grist mill from the 1800s
and the location of my first wine dinner.
A*summer* view from the back patio dining area.
You’ll notice it wasn’t so green when I was there. It is still
an amazing setting in which to dine. The interior is just as dazzling, with its
rough-hewn beams and stone walls.
Chef Eric Warnstedt created edible works of art, paired with
Anne Amie wines selected by William McNeil. I was able to show
up at the restaurant after a long working day and just relax and discuss our wines
enjoy the company of our guests.
My second wine dinner was at NECI (New England Culinary Institute).
As you can see from this photo taken by Hannah Marshall, the presentation
of our food was as beautiful as it was delicious. This was an exquisite pairing of
food and wine from Chef Michael Gunyan and Ed Boadway.
It was also an opportunity to show off our newest wine in the Anne Amie line-up-
the 2007 Prisme’. Judging from the response of the guests, it was a hit!
The next morning I hopped on the road to drive from one end of the Vermont
to the other. Road trip!!!
Nothing keeps me alert and on the lookout for an errant moose like sugar.
There’s no better place to stop for sugar in Vermont than Ben and Jerry’s!
Interesting how much they use “Amrita Blue” in their color scheme….
This is a road sign we don’t see in Oregon! Polls show 9 out of 10 moose
prefer Amrita over the leading Oregon white wine blend!
The entire visit culminated in a portfolio tasting with our distributor in
Vermont- Farrell. Fred Delivert, aka “Fresh Toast” , from Martin Estate
in Napa, and I became fast friends. He is a wonderful guy who just happens
to also make tasty wines.
Going back to what I said at the beginning of this post, very seldom
am I lucky enough to visit a beautiful state with such wonderful people.
This is a photo from after my NECI dinner. Unfortunately, Fresh
Toast was cropped out of the photo, but imagine him on the far left
of this group photo. Included from left to right- Elena (Farrell), Hannah, Matt,
me, Donald (Farrell), and Susan. Thanks to everybody in Vermont that made
a tough working trip so much fun!