Record Breaking Auction - Paul Newman's Watch and Shacksbury Cider

The Paul Newman watch, a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, became one of the most iconic watches in Hollywood after it was gifted to Paul Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward. She gave her husband the legendary stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with off-white dial and tachymeter bezel after they starred together in the 1969 movie "Winning". At the end of October the legendary watch was auctioned at the Phillips Auction House in New York City as the feature item in an epic fundraising event to benefit the Nell Newman Foundation.

It turns out I have a fascinating personal connection to this event. Nell Newman requested a special hard cider to be served at the event, created by my son's business Shacksbury Cider. Shacksbury made up a large number of custom magnum bottles which were served at the event. My son David Dolginow and Colin Davis started Shacksbury Cider over 4 years ago after searching and finding many special varieties of apples long forgotten in American hard cider creation.  They called this the "Lost Apple Project".

Recently I was able to visit David in Vermont. During our trip we foraged for apples from apple trees with a special history. The Shacksbury Cider website describes it best:

"The apples of America's early cider tradition, lost for a variety of reasons, are not hard to find in Vermont - once you know what you're looking for. Though far less numerous than they once were, the trees materialize around every bend, and over every hill, hiding in plain sight. To us, these trees represent a door to another time, and the basis for superior cider."

After a full day of apple picking.

After a full day of apple picking.

I am so proud of my son David and his partner Colin. They have created an exceptional product that is being recognized in an industry that is very hard to break in to. Their entrepreneurial spirit shows through with the amount of effort and work they have put into this amazing company.