Todd and I hit the road Thursday to take care of some final business before heading back to Virginia Beach. I couldn’t believe it was our last day in California, and it was flying by. We tasted some cool stuff in Healdsburg, enjoyed an In-N-Out Burger (my first—it was amazing) then met with Pack And Ship, who’s helping us with our direct to consumer sales online. It had been a slam packed week and an eventful afternoon, so by the time we got back to the Larson place, I was ready for bed. We got out of the car and I was dragging my feet when Molly yelled across the driveway, “See you guys tonight!” The girl is awesome- she runs the tasting room at the vineyard and manages the Captains House with energy and enthusiasm that’s totally contagious. SO, I chugged a Redbull, put on my cowboy boots and Todd and I were out the door.
Tom Larson designated the winery premises and tasting room this night for Sarah Cess, whose friends came together to have a spaghetti wine dinner to raise money for her and her family. I heard a brief story about Sarah my first day at the winery—An incredible young woman, wife and mother fighting ovarian cancer.
I imagined the night would be easy going and slightly somber—slow jazz music and decent food. Boy, was I was wrong.
The only thing I was more wrong about was the woman we were coming together for: not fragile or frightened, but fierce and focused, full of joy and laughter. I count myself blessed to have witnessed this woman’s courage and the community, some of the finest people I’ve ever met that pulled together to celebrate her.
Over 200 folks came to the winery that night to eat, drink and be merry. Rock and Roll music by the great band Ten Foot Tone (click to follow link) played until midnight.
I think everyone felt an awesome sense of accomplishment at the end of the night—we partied our asses off! At $25/person on top of T-shirt and wine sales and a silent auction that featured Becky Larson’s vacation rental in Tahoe, you do the math. ;)