Maria’s Travels Part I- Day 4

Posted Fri, February 11, 2011 in All Posts

Left to right, top to bottom: Maria with Suki Honeycutt in front of her properties, Tony's on Third and Ridgeway Bar and Grill; Maria at La Playa with Jerry Janus; At Cigar Bar, Burn in Naples; Interior of Burn; A special Ponzi treat at Pelican Bay, a luxury resort in Naples; Premiere Account Executive Megan Gauruder at Pelican Bay with Maria.

My home away from home: Naples. Woke up early and tried to work off the lobster sandwich with a long run (ha!). I readied myself with a large latte in my rented Ultima and began the trek to the West Coast. It was a foggy morning as I drove the long...

Maria’s Travels Part I- Day 3

Posted Fri, February 11, 2011 in All Posts

Maria stops in Ft. Lauderdale on day 3 of her visit to sunny Florida.

From left to right, top to bottom: Maria with GM Gabrial Salas of Tuscan Grill; Maria and Managing Partner Kirsta Grauberger of Market 17; and Maria with OPC Graduate and Managing Partner of Capital Grille, Angela Nowland.

What a busy day! Overly ambitious Fritz Stresau, Premier Beverage Field Manager, took me on a whirlwind tour of Ft. Lauderdale today. I'm sure he was glad to have me out of his car by the end of it, patiently listening to my "wine talk" over and over again.

First stop was Coconuts, where we met...

Maria’s Travels 2011- Part 1, Day 2

Posted Wed, February 09, 2011 in All Posts

Day Two in South Florida proved to be a record sales day - nearly 50 cases sold! Thanks go to all the good people in this market that represent our beautiful wines daily and those who believe in it and want it share it with their guests. And, yes, thanks to my sister who makes the wines so irresistible!!

Rik and I met up with Premiere Beverage Field Sales Manager Fate Passmore - an outstanding guy despite his love of playing poker with the big boys in Las Vegas. He set course for a successful day scheduling meetings with extremely nice people with good palates, the first being Rick...

Maria’s Travels 2011- Part 1

Posted Tue, February 08, 2011 in All Posts

And so the road to 2011 sales begins! In traditional form, I launched my 10th market visit to South Florida yesterday. The weather and good relationships here make it a welcoming start to an otherwise somewhat daunting travel itinerary over the next several months.

My visit started off with a beautiful sunny and sandy run along the coastline of Ft. Lauderdale, followed by a very tall latte as I watched the waves roll in and enjoyed the whistling palm trees overhead. I feel lucky to have a chance to reflect on the beauty of this country and the great fortune I have to live in it.

I met...


Posted Wed, February 02, 2011 in All Posts

Impress your sweetheart with a little extra wine knowledge this Valentine's Day. Tasting Room Manager Jeff Mathews hosts a special seminar about three fascinating types of dessert wine, each unique and delicious. Learn how to pair these sweet wines with several different tasty treats and receive a special discount on Ponzi's dessert wine, Vino Gelato.

Sweet Wines for Sweethearts Seminar
Sunday, February 13th, 2pm
Estate Winery Tasting Room
Tickets: $25/$20 for club members
Purchase tickets online.