Francois Chandou Welcomes New Owners of La Cave Warehouse
In Francois's words:
After 36 wonderful years,
Time has come to hang up my boots and say au revoir.
As of March 29, 2013, Kirk and Rhonda Chandler are the new owners of La Cave Warehouse. Looking back all the way to the 1970s when I started La Cave, I feel very blessed for the amazing career that this country and its people have afforded me.
Growing up in the wine business under the astute mentorship of my late father, Raymond Chandou, and later studying wine under the late Prof. Emile Peynaud, it sort of made sense that I would somehow, somewhere end up in the wine business myself. Texas welcomed me open heartedly and from the jillions of bottles and cases handled over the last 40 years, my back and I feel that we are done! It has been a fun ride, from innovating "wine by the glass" and "wine storage" to teaching scores of wine courses at universities and community colleges, a 10 year digression into food service, making presentations to the wine trade in Texas and adjacent States on behalf of the French Government, consulting with individuals and a plethora of organizations, charities, etc.
But frankly, what stands out most in my mind are all the people I met along the way. First, I want to express my gratitude to my wife, Anne, who provided me, sometimes unconditionally, the necessary support without which none of that would have been possible. Wine, the 'healthiest of beverages' is indeed convivial. The times shared, the bottles opened and the amazing dinners, the friendships forged with many of our clientele and the successes that we have enjoyed will always remain an extraordinary part of our life. I am very proud of what we have achieved and there have been times and people I will never forget.
I am very grateful to all of you for having made my life a better life. Many of you are the side of the business that I will miss most. I hope that we will cross path again and bid you not adieu' but au revoir'. Kirk and Rhonda are intent and determined to run La Cave the very same way we have and we will still be around and helping for a while. Please call, email and come by to meet the new owners. You will not be disappointed.