As 2011 comes to a close in just a few short hours, I can’t help but sit back, sip some bubbly and reflect on what an incredible year it has been. From the ups and downs of a rocky economy, seeing freedom become a reality through the Arab Spring, watching an already toxic political environment grow worse in the US, witnessing natural disasters around the world to a royal wedding and the end of the Iraq war, we have seen our fair share awe inspiring and anger inciting events. But we made it through and that is cause for celebration.
For Bauer we have had some wonderful events that included top winemakers and incredible chefs coming into our store to pour wine and cook for us. Being part of events like the Taste of the Back Bay and the Newbury Street Gala were hardly work and more like fun!
Some highlights that stick out in my mind:
Randall Grahm joining us for a tasting and signing of his book “Been Doon So Long”
Howie and Randall
Cathy and Julia from Red, White Boston with Howie
A visit from award winning wine maker Nik Weiss from St. Urbans Hof in Mosel, Germany
Gris listening to Nik
Chef’s Series Tasting took off with a bang!
Rob and Sean from City Table at our first Chef's Series Tasting
Vibrant Rioja, Tapeo and Bauer working together for a huge Rioja and Tapas Tasting
Partnering up with some other important people also helped make 2011 memorable. Kathy from The Fish & Bone gave me an eye opening experience when she had a dog food and beer tasting in her store.
Working with Andrew Cabot and Nelse Clark for launching Privateer Rum in Boston made me see that rum is not just for making fruity cocktails. If it is made right, you only need a glass. Now they have launched their Amber Rum and started their barrel program with us as well. I can only hope that 2012 is just as prosperous and exciting for them as 2011.
2011 had some low lights as well for us. But thankfully, those low lights were turned into highlights.
Bauer Alum, Nick Demjen, left us in the beginning of the summer for a great sales position at Origin Beverage. Good news for us…Bauer is in his sales area so we still get to see him once a week!
Nick's "private" going away party in the back of Bauer. Cake and Champagne courtesy of Sue!
Nick's public going away party where he received the gift of a lifetime. Look closely and you will see that jersey is signed by the Stanley Cup winning team!
As much as we miss Nick, our new Beer Manager, Tom, has been up to the task and bringing in great brews for everyone! He has been a great addition to the Bauer staff.
We can’t close 2011 without mentioning Gris. Our little grey man lived in Bauer for 12 great years protecting the store and giving joy to all that came into contact with him. Our hearts broke when he died in August and it did make walking into work a little tough with no one at the door to greet us.
Checking out what wines he likes
Our sweet boy sleeping with a toy
But something good came out losing Gris. A little homeless kitten named Sofia came to live at Bauer and she has taken to the store life very well. She loves all and is loved by all. Well, except maybe the dogs that is. For something so small, she sure knows how to intimidate even the toughest of canines.
Passed out under the tree in the French wines.
Christmas morning at Tom's house with her presents
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a very Happy New Year! May it be filled with joy and may only good things come out of the sorrows.