Friday night, as John and his wife and two children were enroute to their home in Sighnaghi, Georgia, their centuries old house or peace and love where I have spent many a night and ate many a meal, was going up in flames.
John, the co-owner of Pheasant's Tears is a dear and close friend.
An artist, twenty years of his work ignited, along with all of his and his families possessions. I've been plagued by nightmares for the past two nights. No matter how zen you get about only possessions, to lose so many connections and memories is to lose pieces of self. But the good news, is that no one was hurt. Given the severity of the fire, it was a blessing.
Insurance is not as common in Georgia as it is in the United States and the expenses for rebuilding will be considerable. If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small or symbolic, it will help to know that his wines and efforts for Georgia have been felt. He and his family are remarkably generous humans, and if he or his wines have touched you....here's the link.