May I hold your leather tassels? When I learned that my dear friend Jim Caudill (a.k.a. “Big Jim”) had passed this weekend, I was crushed.
In honor of Jim, this FUNDRAISER is in his memory: The money raised will ensure his wife Char Banach and the beautiful Sonoma County property they call home, Windborne Farm, and the horses and animals there are well looked after for many years to come.
Jim was the definition of a PR guru, a great friend, a fantastic wine judge, a horse whisperer, and a great husband to his wonderful wife Char. When we talked a few weeks ago, he told me he had cancer and was going to start treatment. Therefore, I was very optimistic. But alas he never made it that far. His passing is a sad loss to the California wine community and Sonoma County as a whole. I miss this man already and hope he’s drinking the finest beverages, riding wild horses, and feeling much healthier in his new environment. Here on earth, I will lead many toasts to conjure his spirit and remind him we are always thinking about the impact he made on so many lives. #RIPJimCaudill
My friend and host David Wilson of Grape Encounters Radio interviewed me and Jeff Davis of KSRO toward the end of October, about the effects of the wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other northern counties. Listen to it here, for our enlivening discussion.
I am flying all over the airwaves these days so try to target in on a time to listen to Foodie Chap this week, with host Liam Mayclem, starting today March 6th! Liam and I will be discussing Flavor! Napa Valley and his role as Guest MC. KCBS is at 740 AM and 106.9 FM.
At the ZAP Expo last weekend I ran into my friend Dan Dunn, author of the book American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites, and One Man’s Blues. He inscribed my copy with “This doesn’t happen without you man!” High praise. Looking forward to the read.
I ran into radio personality David Wilson on my current sojourn to Santa Barbara. We recorded a Grape Encounters episode that will be airing locally on KSRO, this Saturday March 4th from 2-3pm. Be sure to tune in!
The year 2016 ended with the unexpected loss of two women, a mother and daughter, that shocked us all. As a film lover I have to acknowledge this and want to refer you to an upcoming documentary on HBO this coming Saturday January 7th at 8pm. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds was filmed in 2015 and set for release this summer but the demand is now. We all need one more fix of these amazing ladies!