Each year, my closest friend, Jason Gorud and I take a 7-10 day trip some where focused entirely on eating and drinking great wine. Over the past few years, the two of us have driven all over Italy and France each year picking a different region just for the purpose of trying different restaurants and vineyards.
I guess it all began in Tokyo back in 1998 with our Friday night dinner club which I blogged about before …. we call it, “FND” which has since taken us for dinner to 12 different countries over the past 9 years and to some of the most famous restaurants in the world organized always around a Friday night.
Several months ago, we took a week and drove from Paris to Bordeaux and then Bordeaux to Lyon then down to Monaco … the trip was great — organized completely around vineyards and restaurants. Jason joked that he expected a blog to be done for him on his birthday because he bought some expensive wine for “the cave.”
Although he lives in Hong Kong, together we are building and stocking a massive, ultimate wine cellar in my home in the south of france. He enjoy’s our house so much that Sophie and I have named our guest house “Maison d’ J” in his honor.
I wont waste the readers time on personal crap or talk about all the times Jason has been there for me when other “best friends” have not. Not to mention …we are both terrible at small talk.
Happy Birthday Jason …. at least 4,000 people around the world will know today is your birthday.