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Ian Hill & Buddy in the Autumn Vineyards

C. Donatiello Winery
Westside Road
Oct 19, 2008

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This has gotta be kinda elitist: Our neighbor & pal Joel invited us out to a winery on an October afternoon to check out a small, private concert by British singer Ian Hill (of Gomez) and another new band called Buddy. They were both pretty good. But seriously, they would have had to be awful to spoil the day -- warm sunshine, golden vineyards, and lots of happiness fueled by $50 bottles of pinot noir.

Dan & Lorraine were there with an overflowing picnic basket, as were Carrie and Shannon, and of course Joel & Cailyn. I got to talking with one of the winery owners, a former trader who had the foresight to cash in her earnings on the foreign trade desk nine months before the market tanked and retire to the serenity of the Russian River Valley. I raised a glass of pinot and toasted her timing.