It has been awhile since my last blog…we have had a few things on our plate! Kirsten and I have been discussing the possibility of relocating to our home on the vineyard up in the Alexander Valley for quite some time, but clearly that kind of move involves many considerations. Every time we came to the vineyard it became harder and harder to leave and so finally this year we decided to take the leap. I have been in the entertainment business for a solid 38 years and Kirsten has been working in fundraising….what would we do next after such fulfilling careers and how would we plan the exit? First and foremost was our family and how they would adjust. Our son and daughter are settled nicely in jobs they love and enjoying their lives in Culver City and Brentwood, while my mom has a wonderful supportive community of friends in Santa Ana. They gave us their blessing and after taking a deep breath, we put the Los Angeles house up for sale in the late spring and to our amazement, we had 15 offers in four days! Yikes! That kind of made it ‘official’ and so we proceeded to inform our workplaces of our intentions and were greeted with overwhelming support. The move date was set, escrow closed and off we went to pursue new dreams! The moving part is never easy or fun and it took awhile to pack and unpack all of the boxes. It is hard to believe that we now live on this magnificent hillside surrounded by vines with a view of the valley floor and calling it home! We have long standing friendships on the hill and have now started to meet a lot of new folks as we learn more about all that is going on in bustling Cloverdale. I have turned my attention to the wine ‘biz’ but am also keeping a hand in entertainment producing a few film and TV projects. In these first few weeks I have journeyed up and down the valley floor meeting with the great folks at Kendall Jackson Winery, Coppola Winery, Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Lyon Vineyards and Winery and more. I will be working closely with the new Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA on Marketing strategies, and Kirsten will be working with her sister Melissa at TAG Film making great movies for wineries and local businesses. I will be blogging on a more regular basis about everything going on in this vibrant and beautiful region. We love the small town life, it was such a great feeling to watch the 4th of July bike parade downtown, then head to the park for an afternoon BBQ and music then come back up the hill for a great view of the fireworks down at the High School. We look forward to sharing our hillside with friends old and new. More to come!