Travis Brown Photography: The Color of Wine

A bottle of Chateauneuf de Papes:  Vieux Telegraphe, “La Crau,” over the Missouri River

A bottle of Chateauneuf de Papes: Vieux Telegraphe, “La Crau,” over the Missouri River

Even within the Show Me State of Missouri, you can find many Travis Browns.  Travis Brown the cyclist.  Travis Brown the school superintendent.  A Travis Browne that fights.  There are Travis Browns that sing, that play professional football, and even Travis Browns that advertise tattoos.  However, I think that my profile is still relatively-unique in its focus on fine wines, entrepreneurship, and growing our Midwest economy.

If there’s one Travis Brown that I should partner with, it is likely another Travis Brown with a creative focus on photography, graphic arts, and creative productions.  It turns out that even near Saint Louis, there’s another Travis Brown whose career is precisely that as well.  Even though the two of us have never met, occasionally I get to observe his handiwork inside an Opera Theatre of Saint Louis event.

Growing up on our family farm in Ste. Genevieve County, my mother and father used to say that “there’s a Brown in everything.”

There are certainly fewer Travis Brown searches related to the Northern or Southern Rhone valleys in France.  That is likely in part due merely to the fact that the name “Travis” is often thought to be derived from native American/French Canadian roots (like travois).  In any event, for those looking for great wines on this blog, I often refer you, again, to the South of France.

A recent cover article for Decanter Magazine outlines my case better than I could do for myself.  There’s so much diversity – of color, of varietals, and of blending, to be found within the Great Rhone river regions.  Even the bodies, depths, and range of colors found within Rhone whites can be incredibly complex, just like the spectrum of google searches for Travis Brown.

Learning the Sport of Self-Publishing

The quest to publish your own book can be quite daunting.  First there is the idea, the main story that must be extracted from your brain.  Then the ordering, sequencing, negotiating, and editing of it all.  Then comes the lobbying, arm-twisting, and knuckle-busting process of getting your copies digitized, printed, and distributed.  It’s easy to see why many authors are worn out even before they start any promotions or book signings.

If you have an idea for a book, do it anyway.  Follow your passion.  Make your voice heard.  Just like an artist or entertainer, it is really gratifying to see the light on someone else’s eyes when they appreciate your message.

Along my early path of book promotions for CNBC studio, I had occasion to see something that New York does best:  broadway theater.  While waiting to watch “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” I noticed that a key subject found within my book (How Money Walks) is found within the Playbill.  The State of Florida, on which I have dedicated an entire chapter (covering their $86 billion in net AGI gained), has a several page spread covering why the Sunshine State is great.

Once you start your book tour, you see evidence and linkages for your book everywhere that you travel.  I guess that is normal for a marketing brain.  In any event, the Tennessee Williams play wasn’t bad either.

Running like a Cowboy

Last week, during our @HowMoneyWalks book tour along the East Coast, I had the privilege of meeting NFL legend Emmitt Smith.  We were both moving in and out of Fox News for the Friday morning broadcast.  In my case, I was lobbying for all Americans to understand how money walks between the states.  In his case, I believe that he was also promoting a few endorsed brands.

What I respect greatly about someone like Emmitt is that he appears to have thought beyond his athletic years to apply his celebrity appearance to other dimensions.  Many professional athletes often miss how fast their first career may expire.  However, a few of the greats, like Roger Staubach or Emmitt Smith in Dallas, have found ways to diversify their careers through real estate investing, brand endorsements, and new coalitions.

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity with assist with many hall of fame sports legends closer to home in Saint Louis, Missouri.   Every one of us needs to run like a cowboy to make our voices heard.

Having the Oldest, and Perhaps Now, the Best

By Travis H. Brown

Some sommeliers from the Court of Master Sommeliers probably have been tracking the oldest bottles of champagne in the world at auction.  A few years ago it may have been hard to beat the age of a bottle of bubbly that has laid on the bottom of the ocean for 170 years.

However, Decanter Magazine just released news from China that may blow away any European claims that Bacchus vino started in the Western Hemisphere.  It seems that the historic set, complete with a “drink in moderation” table set, have now been unearthed with dates likely to be older than 3,000 years.  It may be that everything old is new again in China soon.

Several years, I had the occasion to travel extensively on a healthcare-related business mission across China, from Beijing to Xian to Shanghai.  Back then, it was still far easier to find many exotic green teas at elaborate tea houses, before you would find lots of fine wine lists.  However, with a taste for global offerings of luxury, China is replacing the historic demand in European wines that was once lead by Americans.

Chinese wine buyers lobbying to buy up the best of Bordeaux have now surpassed German buying on the famed Atlantic Coast.  Wine Spectator also had a recent article that Chinese investors are buying up some California estates such as Atlas Peak.  Whenever a NBA superstar sports brand like Yao Ming can move in to peddle $625 bottles of Cabernet to China, you know that market demand is really hot.

In honor of participating the next Saint Louis, Missouri china air cargo hub deal, I am offering up my 2005 DRC Montrachet Chardonnay below for the low low price of $5,500.