My friend and I surveyed the sweeping landscape from the patio atop the hillside – fields of luscious grapes winding in every direction for miles below. We raised our glasses of sparkling pink wine and toasted the spectacular, clear blue fall day in California’s Napa Valley. “Did you ever imagine we’d be here, sipping champagne and nibbling caviar like this?” Kathy asked me. “Yes! I always knew this was the kind of life I had in store,” I offered back with grinning enthusiasm.
It was 2008, and I was visiting San Francisco to speak at the Co-Op America (now Green America) Green Business Conference. Obama had just been elected, and the economy was tanking. I spoke about recognizing the opportunity to put our world on a more sustainable path.
Editor’s Note: A Huge Thank You to Domaine Carneros and Benziger Winery, both of which contributed several dozen bottles of their finest to Cinema Verde for our Opening Night VIP Party in 2011. And Special Thanks to Troy Heinzman, the distributor who made this sponsorship happen! –Trish*