From the Badge to the Glass
Von Holt Wines was in a Wine Trials tasting up in Twin Falls Idaho last week! Our 2009 Russian River Pinot Noir was matched with exquisite main dishes prepared by a wonderful caterer from Oregon. Imagine cinnamon braised short ribs with romesco; roasted heirloom potatoes with a charred scallion oil; summer herb slow roasted salmon; corn and heirloom tomato salad with a basil vinaigrette and, finally, a chilled shrimp salad with green beans and melon, shaved radishes with an Asian dressing. The delicate RRV Pinot showed everyone attending that a California Pinot can have powerful fruit without sacrificing complexity and lower alcohol levels. It matched perfectly with the menu and really delivered as a food friendly wine! The Pinot was well-received by all with many compliments. Chris and I could not be more pleased.
"Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
And we, like friends, will straightway go together." - Julius Caesar
This quote speaks to me about community and the community of friendship. Chris and I have had an overwhelming response to our recent email. Your support and wonderful comments mean the world to us. Community is such an important concept in our lives. We thrive from our community of friends, families, associates, organizations and on and on. Chris and I were honored to come together with the wine community at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week to pour our 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and our 2008 Old Lakeville Syrah. This event was to raise money for the Japanese victims of the tsunami and earthquake. It was a great event for a great cause.
Greetings from Belmont!
My name is Pamela Miller, co-proprietor of Von Holt Wines, and I'm thrilled to be writing my first blog entry. We have a lot of exciting news coming down the pipeline, so be sure to check back for more updates, but for now I'd like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you.
From a very young age, I found myself drawn to the arts. Primarily a dancer and visual artist, but with a deep and lasting passion for music and the theatre, it always seemed to me that art allowed us to communicate our thoughts and feelings to one another on a deeper, more essential level than words alone. A dancer may be moving onstage in an abstracted way, not seeming to tell any particular story, and yet these abstracted movements have the power to elicit sympathy, or joy, or fear from a roomful of strangers who were not there when that dance was choreographed. A painting created by a great artist, can contain far deeper truths than the actual images may seem to warrant. Sometimes I go to see a musical, and after four notes of the overture, knowing nothing yet of the characters or story, I find my eyes welling up with tears, purely due to the essential power of the music. It is my belief that a beautiful glass of wine, and the magic that happens when it is paired with just the right bite of food, contains this same essence of truth; this ability to communicate passion without words. It's that kind of passion and magic that brings me to the world of wine.
Another of the great joys of being involved in the arts, which I've experienced even more powerfully as I've entered the wine business, is the tight-knit, talented, knowledgeable, and friendly community of people that surrounds it. Perhaps it is because people doing what they love are generally happier, and thus nicer, but the people I've met in the wine world -- from growers to wine-makers, entrepreneurs to aficionados -- have been some of the most fun, passionate, and all-around extraordinary people I've ever encountered. It's truly been a joy to be welcomed so heartily into this community, and to meet so many wonderful new people.
This is not to say that there aren't challenges to entering a new, quite complex field, but the excitement of the new venture, combined with the necessity of continually learning and growing on a personal, as well as professional level, has great meaning for me. Like wine from the tiniest vine to the most exquisite bottle of wine, our lives can be a constant ever-changing process. One of the greatest benefits of Von Holt Wines to me was the concrete recognition of that truth.
Ultimately, though, the joy of winemaking is really about you, the customer. Wine is meant to be tasted, and while there are numerous pleasures involved in this business, I truly gain the most happiness knowing that what I've helped create has given delight to others. So thank you so much for visiting our site, enjoy the delicate character of our cool climate wines, and please feel welcome to add your comments to this blog; we sincerely look forward to hearing your experiences with Von Holt Wines.
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