On Sunday night we headed home from San Antonio where we poured wine at the red carpet events of the 20th San Antonio Film Festival. We feel honored that they selected Kiepersol wine as their Texas wine of choice. And it truly was two evenings of wows and oohs and ahhs about our wine. Movie makers, stars, script writers and V.I.P.s from all over the country enjoyed and complimented our East Texas wine. By now I know when somebody is just kind and when it is a real compliment. But this weekend it was easy to tell when they kept coming back for more. It is so crazy that people can ship all kinds of stuff from all over the world, but everyone that asks us, can you ship to New York or L.A. or New Orleans, I have to say no. Every Texas business doesn't have the same right to commerce, e-commerce and inter-state shipping.
We met lots of wonderful people and most of these were city people, movie people. A little different than our every day tasting room and winery client. I myself haven't been in a movie theater since Crocodile Dundee came out in the mid 80's. And even on TV, it is hard for me to find entertainment that is wholesome and happy enough, but not weird and absurd, to keep my attention. And while heading down to San Antonio, I contemplated an unenjoyable trip with people so different from me that I almost dreaded the journey. Those that weren't wine lovers, didn't drink. And those that were wine lovers, were just our kind. I don't know why I expected the movie crowd's wine drinkers to be different than our wine drinkers, but I did.
San Antonio...we enjoyed being there. You are one of Texas' pretty cities. Your people look like Texas and one thing that was more obvious than any place I've been lately is the amount of families - parents and kids and little ones - being out on the street, being at the movies, being everywhere together. That makes your city even prettier for me. Thank you for the open arms. We were proud to be present in your city. And the more you ask for, the more we'll give. What a nice place to be.