New Year's Resolution: Expand Your Horizons!
Design Expert: Michael Green
Michael Green and I agreed to meet in New York at Restaurant 81 on a cool winter day to talk, explore, mix, and sip...and it all began well before noon. Oh my!
I entered the restaurant and was brought into another world. Restaurant 81's main dining area is plush and wraps you into the velvet upholstered banquettes that line the walls and the lighting that just draws you in. Their Beverage Director, Heather Branch was quite the hostess. She's a bit of a heavyweight in the world of wine and spirits, herself. Among other accolades, she was named Sommelier of the YEAR in by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2004. I imagine that's a high bar to reach (no pun intended). Heather and Michael concocted some colorful cocktails and set the tone perfectly for our shoot.
Michael Green is an energetic and creative man. I have experienced a wine tasting with him as my guide. I have heard him describe eloquently the parallels between design and fine wine. His knowledge about wine and spirits can help us all to Expand Our Horizons and think about color and design in every aspect of life-- even when you're enjoying a relaxing drink.
Before meeting Michael, I never gave much thought to what a beautiful experience wine tasting and pairing can be. He has taught me that no matter what your passion is, good design can work into it seamlessly. In this new year, many of us are taking the time to be more introspective and to think about what really defines us. As you look in that mirror and ponder, consider what will simultaneously excite you, teach you, and make you smile or even laugh at the same time. What new horizons do you plan to conquer this year?
Congratulations to Ciarah Coenen! She has won BOTH prizes!!