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Bryan-Kim200 Harvest 2011 KN BAD200

Man down!  I've been traveling around the country as I occasionally do, but this year is different as I feel like a road warrior having already visited 10 cities since the first of the year. Our patriarch and president at the winery, Bryan Del Bondio, is in recovery from joint replacement surgery. Our winery family and friends all wish him a speedy return to duty!  It is his 35 years of traversing the country tirelessly that has given Markham wines a household name. His energy and sense of humor have touched so many that there is never a trip that I take where good wishes aren't passed along to him. Frankly, I don't know how he does it. Just last night I was on the wrong floor in my hotel wondering why my key didn't work until I realized I was on the wrong floor! The long hours spent working with each local distributor, hoping to impress every chef and restaurateur you meet and enjoying the company of all our fans while sampling the most amazing meals is both gratifying and humbling. But I'm exhausted, so please get well soon so I can pass the baton back, Bryan!

- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls