Overall, we saw a trend toward the customers becoming more sophisticated wine enthusiasts, which allowed for the development of new tour products. For example, the company began offering a Wine Connoisseur Tour, complete with food pairings and barrel tasting. We also began a Mixed Drink Tour which pulled breweries, distilleries and wineries together in one excursion. As we studied our demographics we changed our product to better serve the changing population and match the venues to the people and their tastes.
Three years ago, we decided to retire a second time and sold both businesses with the plans to spend more time with our families, volunteer in the community, and to travel. We now live within three miles of several family members and are able to spend weekends and holidays with them. We volunteer with our local Rotary Club and at our grandson’s elementary school. We have also been able to travel to various parts of Texas, New England, The West and to several countries in Europe, Canada and Mexico.
It is, as a result of our travels, that we have decided to begin a new adventure. The love of sharing our experiences with family, friends, and new acquaintances has motivated us to share with a larger audience through social media.