The beauty of timeless artisanship is found all around us—not just in studios and galleries and the marketplace but in our homes and kitchens and toolboxes and offices and classrooms, in the streets and all over our cities. Even our rural and urban landscapes are a display of the interaction between human artistry and nature.
I think this same kind of synergy and vision is found within the pristine rows of vines at the Peter Michael Winery and the craftsmanship practiced there, as well as in the exquisite gastronomy created every day at the Vineyard Hotel, our Relais & Châteaux, in England.
I had the good fortune to grow up in a family that appreciated wine. Dad would send me down to the cellar to fetch a specific bottle of, say, Burgundy or Bordeaux. Gradually, as my teenage years ticked by, I began to appreciate those wines for the wonders of alchemy they were. Dad’s instructions to me for each cellar mission included the specific vintage to select, and that’s when I started to learn about the importance of the combined magic of wine, time, and when and how that wine should be served.