A Canadian Whirlwind Tour…
Friday, January 19, 2007 7:21:01 AM
Part of the business development included a trip to Canada to visit with clients, meet new ones, negotiate with new wine suppliers, do presentations with investors, government agencies, etc.
Therefore, about a week after arriving in Bangkok, off to Canada I went. My first stop was Vancouver. It was great to visit with old friends there. Then a drive to the Similkameen to make some wine with Forbidden Fruit Winery was in the works. The wines there are so amazing! I can say that I am truly proud of the quality wines being made there. It is always a pure pleasure to work with such passionate people such as owners Kim and Steve.
Back to Vancouver to catch a flight to Calgary to make more wine, this time at Fieldstone Fruit wines. I attended a wine trade show there and was very happy with the great positive response the wines are getting. Marvin and Elaine are doing a great job and the brisk sales are proof of that!
Then, onto Montreal to meet with Robert, a good friend of mine about a project we may do together in Laos, meet with family and enjoy good food! The stop there was brief as people were waiting for me in Southern Ontario. Meetings and presentations were the name of the game. With George of Norfolk Estates, we finished off the purchase of Icewine juice and Late harvest wine juice for this years production. He helped me out with negotiations with Canada’s largest icewine production facility for distribution deals into Asia and then drove with me to the Collingwood area to oversee the setting up of a large apple wine processing facility which I will use to produce some of my wines. While still fighting jet lag, all this has kept me busy and very tired.
Going back to Montreal to finish things off and finally relax will be well deserved…