Dreams are Powerful Magic

Barb and I met in the fall of 1986 the old-fashioned way – in a bar called Harry’s on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. It was love at first sight for me, which was confirmed on our first date, a picnic on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay with a bottle of red wine. We started living with each other 3 weeks after we met; we were married on May 21, 1988.

On our 3rd date, we visited Napa Valley together. In a beautiful vineyard, Barb said “I dream of owning land in Napa Valley some day” and I thought “I am going to put that on my to-do list”. Dreams are powerful magic.

Fast forward 14 years later, we purchased the Costello winery and vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in March 2000 and renamed it O’Brien Estate.

To celebrate our romantic dream come true, Barb and I created a series of 7 wines with romantic names and poetry I wrote to Barb. Barb came up with most of the names (I take credit for Seduction, Romance, and Reflection). I wrote her 7 poems that attempt to capture the emotion of each phase of a relationship, telling a story of a deepening relationship between two people, from the very beginning until the ultimate end.

Members of O’Brien Estate often are treated to me reciting the poetry for them (I am assuming this is a treat, but Members seem to really like it, so I am safe). It is one of the novel things that makes O’Brien Estate a special experience.

Following is a video of me reciting the poetry for those who have never heard it, or for those who would like to hear it again and share with their friends. This video was recorded in 2020, as part of our O’Brien Estate 20th Year Celebration.

I hope you enjoy this moment of celebrating romance.
Bart O’Brien

Barb and I met in the fall of 1986 the old-fashioned way – in a bar called Harry’s on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. It was love at first sight for me, which was confirmed on our first date, a picnic on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay with a bottle of red wine. We started living with each other 3 weeks after we met; we were married on May 21, 1988.

On our 3rd date, we visited Napa Valley together. In a beautiful vineyard, Barb said “I dream of owning land in Napa Valley some day” and I thought “I am going to put that on my to-do list”. Dreams are powerful magic.

Fast forward 14 years later, we purchased the Costello winery and vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in March 2000 and renamed it O’Brien Estate.

To celebrate our romantic dream come true, Barb and I created a series of 7 wines with romantic names and poetry I wrote to Barb. Barb came up with most of the names (I take credit for Seduction, Romance, and Reflection). I wrote her 7 poems that attempt to capture the emotion of each phase of a relationship, telling a story of a deepening relationship between two people, from the very beginning until the ultimate end.

Members of O’Brien Estate often are treated to me reciting the poetry for them (I am assuming this is a treat, but Members seem to really like it, so I am safe). It is one of the novel things that makes O’Brien Estate a special experience.

Following is a video of me reciting the poetry for those who have never heard it, or for those who would like to hear it again and share with their friends. This video was recorded in 2020, as part of our O’Brien Estate 20th Year Celebration.

I hope you enjoy this moment of celebrating romance.
Bart O’Brien