I Am Thankful

I am back home this Thanksgiving morning, getting back to Houston late last night. I have been on the road for most of the last three weeks and I have neglected this blog a bit as I have gallivanted about, first in California and then in France.

This morning, I woke still groggy from a debilitating cold that has left me stuffed up, coughing, feverish, and practically deaf for precisely one week. Nonetheless, when I got out of bed at 4:30 (gotta love jet-lag) scrambling to find my wife’s stash of Sudafed, I thought back over the highs and lows of the last few weeks and realized how truly thankful I am.

First, I am extremely thankful for those of you out there who actually take the time to read my blog. I guess I am like most bloggers in that when I started this blog nearly five years ago now, my main hope was that the people who know me in “real life” would read it and not think I was a total moron. So thanks to all of you who seem to find something of use on this site.

Due to that hopefully still growing readership, some in the industry have taken note and invited me on some wonderful trips. Over the past year, I have been to Italy (twice), New York City, Northern California (thrice), San Luis Obispo, Chile and Argentina, Portugal, and France (also thrice). I never would have believed such a schedule even a couple of years ago, much less when I started five years ago. So thanks to all who believe in my blog and my writing enough to include me on truly memorable excursions.

It does not get much better than having a dozen escargots with a glass of Aligoté with a guy sporting a handlebar mustache and snail shells attached to his hat on the streets of Beaune during les Hospices.

Over the course of the last five years both through travel and reading the work of others, I have really met some fantastic people. From producers, to PR types, to writers, to sommeliers and others in the business, I am so thankful to call so many great people friends, it is truly humbling.

It would be impossible to list everyone here, so I will just add one of the latest: Didier Rageot the Chef des Caves of Les Caves du Château de Chénas in Beaujolais walked me through a history of the place through its wines. Remarkable. He was even nice enough to complement my French.

Most of all, however, I am thankful to have such a supportive and encouraging family who allows me to pursue one of my great passions in this way. My two sons Nathan and Sebastian seem always happy to welcome me home (even when I neglect to get them a present or two), and my lovely wife Tammy has always been my biggest fan, unwavering in her enthusiasm for me to follow this path.

So on this Thanksgiving Day morning, thank you.

To all of you.

About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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5 Responses to I Am Thankful

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family.


  2. The Winesmacker says:

    Equally from me, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Keep entertaining us with your blogs and wine adventures!


  3. Happy Thanksgiving to the gang! You are indeed a fortunate man with much to give thanks for.


  4. Oz's Travels says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your clan.


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