One of my husband’s greatest gifts is that he can strike up a conversation with anyone. And this is one of the reasons he is so successful in life, and with his restaurant. To be able to do this is truly a skill and the places these conversations take us add a great deal to my world.
We went on vacation last week, with my kids, to
We got to the restaurant before the lunch crowd but did not have reservations and had to sit at the bar, which we enjoy doing. My husband struck up conversations with both the bartender and an older lady sitting two seats down from him. The food was really good, ranging from a golden and red beet salad with some local artisan cheese to cumin-spiced beef- stuffed piquillo peppers to wood oven roasted duck with a dried cranberry-apple wild rice.
When we were done, I excused myself to go to the restroom and when I got back, the seat on the other side of my husband had been occupied by a big (and tall) man named Todd wearing black thick rimmed glasses and a sleeveless down vest. He was talking to my husband about Vegas and
As we pulled in, Dave was walking out of a house with 3 wine glasses. We introduced ourselves and started up a gravel hill towards the wine cave. On our way up the hill, Dave started telling us about the history of the vineyard and about Todd. Todd had been a geophysicist. He and his dad had bought the land together. Todd liked car racing, shooting and had built the reservoir we were walking by. A true do-it-yourselfer.
We entered the wine cave where we spent the next 3 hours tasting 12 different wines, including two suctioned right out of the barrels and one that retailed for $500 a bottle. That was the last one we tasted. For the majority of the time, it was just the two of us and Dave. Talking about topics ranging from wine to brothers to the randomness of life. On the ride back to my brother’s house, I kept marveling how one small nod of the head to a perfect stranger transported us to a winery off the beaten path. The wines were excellent and the memories, and the story to tell, even better.
It is truly a gift to be able to talk to just about anybody. I’m glad my husband has it. It’s probably how he hooked me. That and his joie de vivre. Nobody has more fun than we do.