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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 4 - The Big Day
    his and Lee s lives right now The specific details of what was said and undertaken during the wedding ceremony belongs to the here and now of there and then so will not be included in this blog post Suffice to say though that our parents and siblings played major roles Even Katie s brother sister in law and their family who were unable to attend in person joined us via Skype our IMD friends spouses contributed international perspectives on marriage and we publicly committed ourselves to each other before the people we hold most dear Speaking our vows to each other was the most surreal positive moment of my life to date It felt like something out of a movie when the rest of the scene fades out and all that is left is sunlight and music and love For months ever since I began writing my vows this was exactly how I had envisioned it even down to the bridal wreath petals blowing in the breeze and landing softly in our hair and on our shoulders I had practiced my vows in the shower in the car and in the mirror but this time I spoke them into the beautiful blue eyes of my life partner Incomparable amazing perfect Once we finished bawling being pronounced husband and wife and kissing F inally we kicked off post ceremony festivities by sabering the first bottle of La Marca Conegliano Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Instead of using a sword though tough to carry on a plane we used the best we could find in the castle s kitchen a huge meat cleaver We sabered that bottle without cutting anyone took a billion pictures and began partying There in the courtyard we played mostly classical music including pieces by Beethoven Bach Schumann and even Mark Knopfler and John Williams We also made the first of what would eventually be many many many toasts We toasted those who were there with us those who couldn t make it and those who were no longer with us all of whom were celebrating with us whether in person or in spirit Once every possible of combination of bride groom and guests had been photographed under the linden tree we processed to the granaio to begin a very very long wedding lunch dinner With such a small gathering we were able to seat everyone at the same long table with Katie and me and immediate family at the center For antipasti we had three kinds of bruschetta muscroom tomato and spinach aioli With this we also opened the next wine La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna a fabulous little white wine very near and dear to Katie s and my hearts I had intended to use the meal as an opportunity to toast everyone there at least once I love making toasts at the weddings of other people so I was going to make as many as possible at my own and using the Swiss cowbell we received

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  • The Green Knight: Sauternes
    the rest of our motley crew Unfortunately our guide really really loved the sound of his voice and went on and and on motivating us to zone out and discuss on our own Apparently Yquem uses exactly the same vinification process as Guiraud and all the other first growths so the question was raised What distinguishes Yquem to make it Superieur The answer was typically French terroir It was not just the quality of the terroir though which is shared by the other first growths Yquem is the largest land owner in Sauternes by far and their parcels are spread throughout the region This gives them significant soil variety enabling them to choose the best grapes from different vineyards each year So if the year is hot and dry they can favor grapes from vineyards that do better in hot dry weather If the year is cool and moist they can favor grapes that thrive in such an environment The proof is in the pudding or rather in the Sauternes We tasted the Chateau d Yquem Sauternes 2004 97 and it was delicious It was clearly very young but showed layer after layer of balanced complexity Given the bottles of Yquem from the early 1800s lying around and I thought 1996 was dark which are apparently still very drinkable these wines are seriously built to last So although the tour was much longer than it needed to be the estate and the wine were beautiful We then wound our way through Bordeaux to St Emilion where we would stay the night Our B B was a gorgeous chateau just outside of the city It sat on a large property that included several windmills one of which could be climbed for breathtaking views of the area After some walking around the

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 3 - Our Last Day as Singles
    not the case for us as there was no rehearsal Katie and I really wanted the festivities to play out organically with minimal planning controlling stressing and that is exactly what happened mission accomplished Toward the end of dinner a good friend of the family David took over and delivered a scathing hilarious roast David has known me since I was 1 so he had accumulated plenty of roast material Throughout dinner though he and some accomplices had also enticed people to write down wishes for Katie and me on little slips of paper As he finished his roast all the wishes were loaded onto little flying lanterns that were lit and then set free to carry the wishes up to the heavens The effect was magical an ascending staircase of balls of light in the night sky As they floated upward some people called out the wishes they had made for us some common themes were laughter and adventure wishes that I am certain will come true Some other wishes such as fielding an entire football team with our children well we ll just have to see about that Finally by late Friday night all 43 of us had arrived ready for the big day Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 26 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Castello di Montalto wedding No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 2 - Brunello di Montalcino
    time driving in Italy Europe or even outside the US is simply a pretty slow affair This combined with our ongoing navigation antics had me very ready for some wine by the time we arrived Barbi was very gracious though and still gave us an abbreviated tour skipping over some of the finer vinification points followed by a very un abbreviated tasting At the tasting we sample their three Brunelli 2006 Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Fiore single vineyard and 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva The first was a pretty basic Brunello the second offered a little more flavor depth and the riserva had a bit more tannic structure all very good to taste and good to whet our appetites Lunch took place at Boccon di Vino where I had eaten before with both Katie and Cox on separate occasions There we were treated to delicious pasta dishes a fantastic selection of Brunello wines We had Silvio Nardi Argiano and Valdicava and possibly the best panoramic view outside of San Gimignano in all of Tuscany Usually we follow up lunch at Boccon di Vino with a nap in the parking lot but given how far behind we were we simply couldn t afford it this time Fortunately the chocolate mousse we were served for dessert had plenty of coffee bean in it so that helped Our afternoon tasting was at Castello Banfi American owned and the largest by far producer of Brunello di Montalcino Banfi is about as commercial and un charming Italian as it comes but their wine is just so damn good that I can t help but love them We tasted their 2009 Rosso di Montalcino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino and 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura single vineyard which went from good to very good to very very good but still too young We did not taste their riserva Brunello Poggio all Oro because the 99 vintage of that wine would be served Saturday night at the wedding dinner As we milled about Banfi offered us another tasting of their sweet white Muscadello and as I picked up the case of 99 Poggio all Oro their very last 12 bottles of it good thing I reserved them a few months ago they threw in a magnum of Rosa Regale their sparkling red wine as a congratulatory gift Spoils in hand we returned in the evening to the Castello After a late heavy lunch and lots of wine consumption several guests called it an early night Some stayed around the castle to continue wine tasting We went out to dinner at Il Corte di Bacco with some of our guests who just arrived Thursday afternoon By the time we finally made it back to our villa we crashed hard Driving around a beautiful place tasting incredible wines with wonderful people what a perfect way to kick off our wedding festivities Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 58 Email This BlogThis Share to

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding Part 1 - Arrival
    us had Pici the local handmade pasta kind of like very fat spaghetti noodles in various forms mine with extra garlic naturally To cleanse our palettes afterward we walked back to our car with some fig and ricotta gelato that was out of this world When we arrived at the Castello late Wednesday afternoon some of our guests had already checked in and the weather was already clearing up For the rest of our stay the weather remained perfect for castle life sunny with highs in the low 20s C low 70s F and lows around 10 C 50 F We were greeted upon arrival by the Count and Countess who reside in the main building of the castle and by Leo their noble German Shepherd who demanded tummy rubs as hommage One of the villas in the hamlet the one with a large balcony and a gorgeous view naturally quickly emerged as the party suite Most of our guests arrived Wednesday evening so we picked up 30 pizzas from a local pizzeria and served them up along with plenty of vino in the party suite This was a fantastic event as people from our various worlds began connecting Family met coworkers coworkers met friends friends of one side met friends of the other side etc We only had 40 guests all in all but all of the chapters of both of our lives were represented We made merry until pretty late and then called it a night to deal with jet lag The energy brought by all of our guests was palpable and Katie and I knew that this was the beginning of a very special experience Posted by Bryan Hassin at 19 46 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Castello di

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  • The Green Knight: Thoughts on Osama bin Laden
    consider to be pure evil my heart is not filled with joy rather it is sorrowful that this most severe step had to be taken Instead of jumping for joy at the news of bin Laden s death I took some time to reflect on why the death was necessary and what could be done to avoid similar circumstances requiring similar action in the future I reflected on what the consequences of the killing might be both here and abroad I reflected on the brave men and women who put themselves in harm s way to effect this outcome and I especially reflected on those who didn t return home I reflected on the innocent human beings who lost their lives on both sides of the War on Terror This was my way of reacting to the news With such a significant event come signifant and significantly varied emotional reactions This is fine and normal and I don t fault anyone for how he she feels about it However how we feel and act are different This is why we have penalties for bad sportsmanship e g excessive celebration in football This is why in media we tend to sympathize with the humble gracious winner e g the Karate Kid rather than the taunting celebratory one e g his Cobra Kai opponent Dr Martin Luther King Jr said it much better than I can I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives but I will not rejoice in the death of one not even an enemy Returning hate for hate multiplies hate adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that Practically speaking much of the international community already sees the US as a global bully that pushes other countries around and assassinates unilaterally at will I suspect that images of Americans jumping up and down in celebration of the killing metaphorically dancing on the grave of a fallen enemy will further this image and maybe add bloodlust to our charicature as well For my part I try to represent the US differently but perhaps the learning here is that this other representation is in many ways accurate that the jubilant celebrators are simply being authentic and that it doesn t take WikiLeaks to reveal that truth Regardless I take comfort in the fact that each of us has the right to celebrate in whichever way he she sees fit and that brave and competent men and women are working every day to protect that right Posted by Bryan Hassin at 19 40 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels free speech killing Osama bin Laden 1 comment LakerMrB said I also believe it is important to note that those who cheer are in the minority of Americans Most of us are saddened that such action is necessary that there are those

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  • The Green Knight: Schaefer Wedding
    strategy was to come out swinging so I ordered two shots 3 Because I was in the islands I chose two rums Barcadi 8 year and Bacardi Reserva The 8 year was OK but the Reserva was rich and complex with a refined finish hardly appropriate for a debaucherous competition such as ours RT decided to keep pace and took two shots of Goldschlager 3 At the end of this hole Katie had the lead with 4 followed closely by RT and me with 3 each Hole two took us to Irish Kevin s RT s favorite bar on Duval St and I can see why It had many things to recommend it Guinness on tap a bartender who taunted patrons and drank along with them a standing Guinness CHUGGING contest and an awesome live singer guitarist who sang Skynyrd CCR and Johnny Cash Katie had a Smithwick s 0 and RT and I opted to slow our scoring pace a bit to stick with the Irish theme we each ordered a Guinness and a Jameson s 2 We had an awesome time at this place singing along at the tops of our lungs A couple walked in wearing Redskins shirts too so it was fun to chat commisserate with them Katie was already seriously feeling the effects of the first hole though so she neglected her beer and bogeyed Not one to let a perfectly good beer go to waste I finished it off to drop another stroke 3 At the end of this hole I had the lead with 6 RT was right behind me with 5 and Katie was a little further back at 3 Long story short I never relinquished the lead so I ll stop updating our scores from here on Our third hole was The Lazy Gecko which happened to have an Irish bartender As such we continued the Guinness Jameson s combination They also had a Nintendo Wii so we exercised something other than our livers with Wii Bowling and Homerun Derby Re energized by the Wii Katie was back in the game The fourth and final hole was the Hog s Breath where we sat at the bar and just drank liquor Katie had a sapphire martini RT went back to Goldschlager and I tried some other exotic rums plus vodka distilled from local oranges By the end of Hole Four it was clear that we needed something in our systems that was not alcohol We found a restaurant that was creatively named Cheeseburger RT ordered the eponymous menu item while Katie and I shared a fish sandwich conch fritters and sweet potato fries By the time we left it was 2 PM and it was clearly time for all of us to nap RT yak ed on the way back 2 but I had a pretty insurmountable lead by then anyway All in all it was a very good time and I m glad we gave it a try After a

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  • The Green Knight: Legally Married!
    night of our dinner the sky was clear and the full moon was shining brightly There were 17 of us all in all in a private area which proved to be a great size allowing everyone to meet everyone else and for us to visit with everyone We had picked out our favorite dishes for the meal pepperoni arrostiti with anchovies and garlic and burratta pugliese to start the Memari salad dell osteria and a choice of fresh Gulf snapper eggplant parmigiana or Maine lobster fra diavola We knew everyone would be stuffed by dessert time so we went for a lighter option fresh mixed berries and cream To drink we served an Angelo Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Katie and I had been to visit Angelo s brother next door neighbor Livio in 2009 and absolutely loved the wine so we gambled that Angelo s would be good too Our gamble paid off and we had a very nice mellow brunello that got better as the evening progressed The food was delicious the company was great and we couldn t have asked for a better way to kick off our wedding festivities We closed down the restaurant and ended the night feeling incredibly positive about our future together and the great people in our lives Now we are looking forward to more time with family and friends during the coming weekends and finally the wedding itself in May Life is good Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 51 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels food Houston wedding wine No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and

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