Here’s my second piece on my Napa trip.
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Simple Respect-The Inman Family Girls
We stood at the counter, the light from the broken glass dancing as we swirled our Chardonnay, and I listened to her describe each of them, just as a mother would describe a child. And there, to her right, again was her own child. Meredith, now 21 years old, delicately chimes in at the appropriate times, eager to help her mother and Kathleen quietly appreciates each remark. They finish each other’s sentences as if they’re performing a long rehearsed play. It’s obvious they have a mutual respect for one another.
It was then that her face lit up with pride. She talks about how when Meredith was 8, she planted her first Pinot plant. How when she used to get in trouble, her punishment was to stir the Pinot and as if on cue they both, in unison began to sing the song that went along with the punishment, a lyrical lesson in wine making. Meredith, as poised as any woman twice her age, is cloaked in warmth and sweet innocence, something that she no doubt learned from her mother. Kathleen begins to talk
about all of the things her daughter has accomplished in her 21 years on this earth- traveling alone abroad, being an accomplished French horn player, and I slowly forgot that I was there to learn about her wines. The story for me is less about how delicate and pure and beautifully restrained Kathleen Inman’s wines are, but rather about the respectful relationship she and her daughter have.
delicately flavored, but never masked or manipulated. I sat there, ate my food, sipped my wine, listened to Meredith and Kathleen share stories of their lives and a wave of emotions passed through me.
I tell her that it isn’t considered normal these days to want to work along side of her mother and be so close to one another. She smiles, gently pushes her long hair behind her ear and says, ‘I just have
always had a lot of respect for my mom and what she does.’ That is, undoubtedly, the recurring theme of Inman Family Wines. Respect. Respect for the grapes, respect for the land and respect for the people.