Light on the Horizon Dust Settles During the Sonoma and Napa Winter 2021 If there is one thing we have learned over the last several years, it is that wine country is resilient. Wildfires, economic uncertainty, politics and a worldwide pandemic have all conspired to shake our core, especially in 2020. But here we are, […]... Read more
The new normal. I really don’t like that phrase anymore. 2020 has brought with it so many “new” normals that it is hard to keep track. Politics, civil unrest, natural disasters, economic uncertainty and a deadly pandemic just for good measure. The new normal. Additionally, I don’t know if I can use the phrase “twenty-twenty” anymore. It used to be that twenty-twenty meant clarity, clear and precise. But no, not in 2020. I am going to have to seriously reconsider using that phrase outside the optometrist office. The only thing that is clear in 2020 is that none of this is normal.
Fortunately, when all of these new normal / not normal events start to stack up as a dark cloud I can take a quick look out my office window and there it is. Normal, the real normal, a place we all need to get back to and move forward from. For me it is the undisputed natural beauty of wine country, especially here in west Sonoma County.
From my office window I see the neighboring organic 30 acre apple orchard that has been in the same family for a century. Across the valley super premium Littorai winery / vineyard and Balletto pinot noir vineyards dot the hill side. The surrounding redwood trees, oaks and firs remind us who was here first. The fog drifts in, sometimes with a slow meandering saunter, other times in a hurry as if running late for an important date. Stating the obvious, often times these experiences are enjoyed with a bottle of wine made from grapes grown in nearby local vineyards. Dare I say this reminds me of the real normal.
No doubt we have many issues to conquer going forward but wine country is still an amazing place to call home. If you are interested in selling or buying please give me a call. Here’s to making 2021 normal again.