Wow. Who knew so much could transpire in the span of a few short months? From December until now, we have been witness to a multitude of momentous events, both on a personal scale and far-reaching. Starting with the soft unveiling of our Ricci wine in December, there also has been a global pandemic, a shutdown of the world's economy and, neatly tucked somewhere within all of that, a small gathering in Sonoma CA to celebrate the official release of the Ricci Vineyards wine.
During a rain soaked afternoon in mid-March, on the rustic back patio of a historic restaurant (Reel & Brand), we reveled in good company, shared laughter, and proudly poured copious amounts of our rosé, Three Lions Pinot Noir, and St. Laurent. Even though this was two months ago, it feels like it has been two years. Looking back, it seems somewhat odd to realize that our release party was literally the last time anybody in attendance would have social interaction on that level. The very next day after the party, a mandate was put in place restricting the gathering of groups larger than 10 people. Knowing how events have ultimately unfolded in the subsequent time since our party, we feel genuinely fortunate that we were able to host a wine release at all.
We reminisce with gratitude all the friends and family members that braved the elements and threat of COVID to support our wine endeavor. The clinking of wine glasses and the hearty buzz of conversations reverberate in our mind. Those sounds, the hugs, the handshakes, the high-fives...all of them are certainly missed, but we have faith that they will be back in time. It is only inevitable that we will return to a level of normalcy, that a virus can restrain the tenacious spirit of our societal yearnings for so long. Although the timeline for this return is still undetermined, whenever it does happen, we promise to have a glass of wine waiting for anyone willing to drink with us. Until then, stay safe and cheers to you (from a distance).