After owning and operating Ambonnay Champagne Bar for eight years, I decided that it was time to move on to a new adventure. The biggest piece of this adventure is moving to White Salmon, Washington to an off the grid home on 33 acres of land with my wife, Kristin, and our dog, Bernie. For the remainder of 2019, I am going to enjoy a sabbatical. I’m excited because I have plenty of projects on the house and with the land to keep me busy. Our land is steep and forested so I won’t be raising animals, growing grapes, or any typical agricultural activity. I will be making hiking trails and working with the land to create a retreat environment for friends, family, and possibly clients to enjoy in the future.
In addition to my time in the Gorge, for roughly a month, beginning in late October, I will be participating in the residential study program at Esalen, an amazing retreat center in Big Sur, CA. I’m hoping to post regularly about my experiences here and at my home in White Salmon. I will send out email updates when appropriate.
When I’m in the PNW, I have a liquor license still and will be able to sell you champagne and wine from around the world. Just let me know what you’re interested in and I’ll make it happen.
Finally, I may open a wine bar in Hood River in 2020. This is dependent on how my life looks and feels after this sabbatical, and whether I can find the right space to open my bar. I will most definitely keep you posted with details as they arise.
Thank you for all of the amazing memories that we shared at Ambonnay, and thank you for wanting to continue our time together. Please sign up for the mailing list below for updates about my life and when we can enjoy some wine together.