Above: Three weeks ago, downtown Houston was underwater.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jeremy Parzen. I’ve been a U.S. ambassador for Cantele wines and Cantele’s English-language blogger for almost seven years now.
I’m a native California and a former New Yorker. But in 2008, not long before I met Paolo Cantele for the first time, I fell in love with a woman from Texas. In late 2008, I moved to Austin to be with her. We were married in 2010 and began having children in 2011. In 2014, after our second daughter was born, we moved to Houston to be closer to my family there and to my wife’s family, who lives in Orange, Texas about two hours east of Houston.
As you already know, Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain over southeast Texas during five days of continuous rainfall. It caused catastrophic flooding and damage throughout our city and the Texas coastline.
It was the scariest thing I’ve ever lived through. And I am very fortunate to be able to say that our house didn’t flood. But our neighborhood and our community have been literally devastated by the hurricane. It was a human tragedy of epic proportions.
Paolo was one of my first friends to message me: “How can I help?” he wrote. I’ve always known Paolo to be a gentle and generous soul. I wasn’t surprised that he was one of the first people to reach out nor was I surprised by his offer.
Without missing a beat, I wrote back: “Come to Houston. Come and pour your wines and see for yourself that we are going to get back on our feet in no time.”
And he immediately responded: “I’ll be there.”
On Wednesday, October 11, we will be hosting Paolo for a wine dinner and tasting of his wines at Mascalzone on Houston’s westside.
Thank you, Paolo, for being a great friend and for supporting Houston when we need you most!
Cantele U.S. ambassador