Eric and I participated at the Hart Davis Hart Burgundy wine auction at Tru Chicago a few weeks back. More specifically, we were there with a client, assisting them in their burgundy bids. Most of the auctions that we help clients with are conducted over the internet. But this was our first live auction! The action was crazy fun, even bordering on maniacal. In fact, writing about it now, I’m feeling that nervous gut all over again.
But I digress. This whole nervousness about the Startup is at once aging me and keeping me young. With a bootstrap business we wear all hats: writer, techie, wine geek, handyman, social media person, presenter and the list goes on, but you’re in it, learning on a daily basis–I love it! It’s an exciting time, but damn, I’m nervous and agitated about everything now and rightly so. (I think Eric hides it much better than I do.)
So it’s been a ridiculously busy past few weeks: Chicago for a multi-million dollar wine auction, a presentation to the Virginia Wine Board in Charlottesville, then to San Diego for a cellar drop off. It’s funny though: I was spectacularly nervous about the whole thing, renting a cargo van, driving around with about 20 cases of wine, particularly a 1959 Maison Leroy and thinking, “Hey, my parents were married in 1959!” In that one moment when I thought about my parents, I realized that I had a connection with this wine without even drinking it. I can picture myself in that van, smirking, because even though Eric and I are crazy busy, we’re also crazy happy in this business. And we’re just getting started…
Tina and GUY
Partners, PROTOCOL wine studio