The Wine Life

Let’s all raise a glass and cheers to this moment.

It’s hard to know what to say about this past year. For some, it was a normal year of uncertainty. For others, it was the first time they had to deal with not knowing what would come next. When I think about 2020 I try not to think about the negatives; to say there were plenty of them would be an understatement. We were all hit hard. There was unemployment, uncertainty, unease, unrest, unimaginative scenarios, unreal situations, undone, unjust, unheard of… just a lot of “uns.” Maybe you had one thing happen to you, maybe you had all of the things happen to you, or maybe you felt like 2020 was a blessing in disguise. I can raise my hand to all of them, unfortunately. We all had different stories to tell this year, and none are any less important than the others. I think the one thing that continues to weigh on all of our minds is the biggest of the “uns”, uncertainty. What I have learned about uncertainty this year is that we were in it and are still all in it together. We braced the storm that is still happening around us and we continue to support each other. Our web of stories both virtually and tangibly have intertwined in a way that humanity has never experienced.

2020 might take center stage this year, but I don’t want it to dominate the conversation. Yes, it has been a tough year for a lot of people, but for some this might just be a normal year. We all have to roll with the punches sometimes, and some of us have had to do that more than others, not just in 2020 but all of their lives. Punch after punch we get back up and we get moving. Day after day we figure it out, hopefully with a glass of wine and a side of hope. Hope for the future, hope for better days ahead, hope for time with friends and family, hope that one day we can move past whatever obstacle has been holding us back, whether it be 2020, or just getting through the morning. Hope that we can all be together even while separated and raise our glasses to this year and all years that make us think, reflect and grow. After all, that is what it means to be human, to adapt and grow.

We at Hedges Family Estate appreciate all of your stories and we would like to send our love and support to everyone. Thank you for supporting us, and if we can help you get through this time, let us know. Cheers to all of you from our family to yours. We will see you when we see you, hopefully sooner than later.


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