I had the blood a little bit. My grandfather used to make wine in the basement. He came over from Italy, and he bought a house in the city, but he [also] bought the empty lot next door. So they always had this garden. Nana’s garden. Grandpa died before I was alive, but I always remember the pear trees and the raspberries and the grape arbor. Everything was there. And that was just a beautiful summer. I realize now, as this farm has grown,
that it’s very much a reflection of what we have here. We’ve got more than a garden; we’ve got a full-on farm.
I always say, “If you’re gonna plant a vineyard, either plant 50 as a toy, or plant 2,000 as a business.” There are schools to learn this, but it’s a lot of other things in there. There’s chemistry involved. There’s biology involved. There’s food science. Marketing. If I got my PhD in winemaking, I’d fail at everything else. So I like that I got a business degree so I can learn. I do everything. My hat changes a dozen times during the day. I may be the repair guy for the toilet. I may be the PR guy for the winery. I may be the barrel sales guy to set up the next load that’s going out. I’ll taste and evaluate. So I can go in all different directions all the time. I say, I don’t have [attention deficit disorder] — I’m multitasking.