My buddy is Ted Steinbock, a physician in town, and he had a friend who invited me to work at the festival. I’d always wanted to do that one, and he made it happen.
On the main day, Saturday, there were 22 events, wine tastings every two hours, and culinary demos.
On the Friday night before, we did private dinners with the wine makers. Eight chefs in eight houses. Surely my house was $10 million.
We had the only 100-point-rated Chateau-Neuf Du Pape going — at my dinner. That was pretty cool.
The meal was six courses, but the owner was on a diet. With every course, he would get up and go to the kitchen and get some high-fiber crackers. It was the craziest thing.
And yeah, the wine was good.