What a month! October was jammed with some incredibly exciting things! On October 6 I participated in the 2009 Annual Porterhouse Open at the Quaker Ridge Country Club to benefit the Alan T. Brown Foundation to help find a cure for paralysis. It was a beautiful day and lots of money was raised!
That Following weekend I trecked out to Los Angeles for a couple days to celebrate the 60th Birthday of my good buddy Fred Schrader, proprieter of Schrader Cellars in Napa Valley. If you're not familiar with Schrader's wines... you're missing out. His 2006 "Old Sparky" is currently the highest rated American Cabernet of the vintage." While we partied all weekend at Chateau Marmont, drinking wine and smoking amazing cigars (Davidoff Ltd Ed 2009's were served after dinner), Schrader Cellars sold $511,000 of Cabernet from its cellar at a Zachys wine auction in Los Angeles, featuring 195 lots and including every wine Schrader has made along with many rare, oversize bottles, up to 9 liters in volume. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRED!!!
I landed back at JFK sunday night, and the following monday was our annual Oktoberfest- and what a fest it was!!! Spaten was the official beer sponsor, OlivaCigars provided the evening's smokes, and Colibri was on hand to raffle off some great torch lighters. Rothmann's Steakhouse put out a spread of brats, gnats, kraut, bacon, and every other thing we're not supposed to eat... but we did. And it was incredible!!! Every guest also took home their collectible stein from the evening, ranging in values from about $150-$500 per piece!
Stay tuned for MANY more events coming up through the end of the year!