For me, this photograph perfectly distills why I love the wine business. Of course I love learning about and drinking wine. But really, when it comes down to it all, it’s the people that I get to meet, whether by circumstance or happenstance that makes what I do so incredibly rewarding.
Case in point, this group pic our Texas/California contingent along with a family who owns the modest tienda that you see behind us. In the front row is mom, dad (holding the watermelon) and their twin teenage children.
After an afternoon of working hard (wine tasting!), our bus was headed back to Mendoza City when someone on the bus requested that we stop for some water/beverages. Nancy, our most excellent driver, obliged us and pulled up to this convenient little roadside market.
As it turns out, the owner of the market and his family had recently returned to Argentina after having lived 10+ years in New Jersey! He then declared that his family was so touched that we had stopped at their market that he wished to share a watermelon with us. With this generous yey humble offer, I believe that our entire group trumped his group in the “touched” department.
As we munched/slurped on our sweet watermelon I spotted these two pups (from the same litter no doubt). Yes, that is a cardboard box that the little one crawled into. A simple shelter no doubt..but these two seemed so happy and content. Perhaps they are onto something here..a simple life, a sweet life, a good life.