“Days after my 30th birthday, I was blinded in an accident.
What followed was one of life’s greatest challenges
coupled with life’s greatest lessons.”
-David Tegtmeier, Winemaker
In March 2021, the 20/20 wine series was released.
Dave shares his journey of being blind in a way that he knows best-- through wine.
Expressing his experience through four important virtues
and the lessons he learned along the way:
Hope, Humor, Humility, and Perseverance.
May you gain as much perspective as we have through our labels.
"When you strip away life’s distractions, you are reminded
of the gifts that matter most. Many people looked at me
after the accident and saw the gift that had been taken
away. But over time, I started noticing all the gifts that had
always been around, but I hadn’t noticed in all their detail -
the different nuances to sounds, the incredible detail to my
daughter’s hand, and the simple pleasure of a friendly visit
with no rush. How ironic that during a time when one of
life’s greatest gifts was taken from me, I found even
more waiting for me. And perhaps that is the greatest lesson
of all. If you take a look around, there are blessings
everywhere, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t always require eyes to find them.
Enjoy the simple things - they really are the best things -
and it really is all you need."
COLOR: Medium ruby with garnet highlights
NOSE: Bramble (blackberry, black currant, raspberry) with a hint of tobacco,
thyme and black pepper.
PALATE: Medium-bodied with velvety tannins. Notes of black cherry,
damson plum, blackberry and hints of nutmeg.
PAIRING: Flank steak, prime rib, black pepper or plum sauce.
"The first days after my accident were filled with extreme
darkness - both figuratively and literally. It was hard to
grasp the possibility of never seeing my family again or
mixing another tank of wine. Then one day, my favorite
song came on the radio, and I stood up, called for my
wife and daughter - and we danced - smack dab in the
middle of the day in the middle of the living room in the
middle of a crisis. I realized in that moment you can’t let
the darkness rob you of the best life has to offer. Life will
undoubtedly offer times of uncertainty and darkness.
Keep hope alive. Don’t miss out.
Dance in the dark."
COLOR: Medium straw gold
NOSE: Ripe yellow apple and pear followed by vanilla and sweet coconut.
PALATE: Aged on American oak.
Full-bodied with notes of ripe pear, vanilla, brioche and butterscotch.
PAIRING: Chicken with marsala cream sauce, pork with
apple sauce or cherry glaze.
"When your sight is compromised, your imagination comes
alive. The days and months after my accident left me with less
distractions and more time to think. I had always had high
aspirations, especially when it came to winemaking, but being
blind posed a new set of challenges to accomplishing them.
While most people saw the limitations, I chose to see the
possibilities. I thought up more ideas - both good and bad, and
some people might say crazy - during my time of blindness
than I ever thought possible. It turns out that eyes aren’t
required for dreaming, and I’m convinced some of the best
ideas are born of darkness. This wine just happens to be one
of them. Never let a change of circumstance limit your dreams.
If you can imagine it, you can do it."
COLOR: Almost black ruby with crimson on the edge.
NOSE: Earthy with notes of raspberry and black currant.
Hints of cinnamon and cloves.
PALATE: Notes of raspberry, blackberry, and wild plum.
PAIRING: Pork, steak, cream sauce.
"Life is good at handing out unexpected surprises, which
inevitably changes things. And while I knew my accident
would change me, I wanted it to be a change for the better.
Staying lighthearted isn’t always easy, but it sure does make
the days easier. When I went in for my first transplant after
a year of blindness, I was prepped and waiting for surgery
when my wife grabbed a pair of googly eyes off the hospital
wall and stuck them on my glasses. There I sat - completely
blind and waiting for a surgery that held only a possibility
of restoring my vision - wearing a pair of eyeballs that were
so big they took up half my forehead. It was a serious
situation made bearable by a room full of smiles. Take a
lighthearted view of trouble. View it as a challenge and look
for positive ways to overcome it. And smile along the way.
Laughter really is the best medicine."
COLOR: Pale straw, light gold
NOSE: Apple, ripe anjou pear and elder flower.
PALATE: Full-bodied with notes of pear. Aged in stainless steel, resulting
in the varietal itself being highlighted with its bright acidity and clean finish.
PAIRING: Seafood, chicken with a light-bodied sauce.
In March 2021, Liquid Art Winery hosted a Release Party for the 20/20 Series.
It was an evening celebrating our senses with wine and dueling pianos.
Dave shared his story of being blind publicly for the first time, unveiled the new labels, and poured the four new wines with a guided tasting.
Dave and Dani have created a partnership with Envision, a non-profit in Wichita, Kansas. They were present at the Release Party, to share their mission: to create meaningful paths to independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.
20/20 RELEASE PARTY FUNDRAISER
Over $1300 was raised for Envision through ticket sales
and cash tip donations from the dueling pianos, Howl2Go.
A note from Abel, Executive Director of Development,
to all those who have generously donated to Envision:
"You are making incredible things happen here at Envision. Toddlers are gaining independence with early intervention. Technology offers our youth education and careers. Seniors are mastering reading and daily living skills. Your gift makes an important difference in the daily lives of people who are blind or visually impaired."
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Wine Business Monthly | April 2021