Last night I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Noel Téllez and Louis-Antoine Luyt, the winemakers of Bichi Wines from Tecate, Mexico. They were doing a tasting at Silver Lake Wine. I fell in love with their story. And of course, the wine.
Louis-Antoine (pictured above in the red t-shirt) was pouring No Sapiens, and the label just made me laugh. I already knew I would like the wine. These guys are funny, the sort who embrace life as a wild adventure. I just knew it. What was it Thoreau said? "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life..." Yeah, like that. That's what they reminded me of. They suck the marrow of life. I admire that in a person.
He explained right away that "bichi" means naked. Of course it does. I found amusing the way he said "Bichi," probably because it sounded a little like "bitchy." So, naked it is. Perfect. And this is made even more clear on the bottle when you turn it around to see the "back side," and well, here you go...
At this point, I had to snap photos. I wasn't going to do a blog post because this isn't the sort of thing I normally cover on Little House. I document what's on my stove. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a perfect subject. I want to inspire people to be creative, and here are two guys living the creative life to the fullest. So why not celebrate that!
Toward the end of the evening, I met Noel Téllez who gave us the back story on how Bichi came to be. Noel's family is in the business of making wine. His brother is a chef. They met Louis-Antoine and "fell in love." I believe it. I think everyone at Silver Lake Wine did, too.
Louis-Antoine is a French guy who lives in Chile.
And he's silly! (This behavior resonates with me.) I have no photos of Noel, unfortunately.
I'm just going to quote their website because it so beautifully tells the story of Bichi....
Noel told me they are headed to New York next, to give them a taste of Bichi. (Lucky New Yorkers!) It's so fun to witness the beginning of something great!