When people find out we started a winery, I instantly see the romantic haze of visions of sipping wine on a lush veranda somewhere warm wash over their faces. This is often followed by questions about what type of wine is it or where is it from, and of course, "when can we taste it?"
I fell in love with these visions too, about 20 years ago while living near the Napa Valley. Any free time Frank and I had was devoted to the valley, getting to know winemakers, growers, and winery staff. We joined wine clubs, went to tasting events, auctions, and even a winemaker's cruise in the Mediterranean. We read books, educated our palates, and sought out experts of all kinds. We agreed that 'one day' we would do this too.
Fast forward to Spring 2015. The feeling is a little surreal. We are on the cusp of launching our very first wine - one that came off the vine in 2012. I am a little awestruck by the entire process. We have spent the last 3 years knee-deep in paperwork, compliance issues, federal and state wine bonding, liquor licenses, business licenses, permits, logistics management, construction, and negative cash flow, all at the mercy of Mother Nature. In the summer of 2012 we dodged the threat of wildfires in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys where our fruit comes from. I spent sleepless nights wondering if we would lose our first harvest right out of the gate. In the summer of 2014 Napa was dealt an earthquake blow that could have more than destroyed every winery and wine inventory within range. Miraculously our 2013 vintage (some of which was stored in barrels there) survived. Following the 2014 harvest and crush, I received harried midnight calls that our truck was overweight and we would need to unload and rebalance the axles at 2:00 am. Clearly, there is some romance lacking in all of this!
But at the end of the day, there isn't anything I would rather do. We are fortunate to have found a good mentor and friend in our winemaker. Rolando has tirelessly given of himself to our project, our questions, and challenges. We have surrounded ourselves with the best team in our Sales Director and Media Consultant. The result is a special wine, grown in a special place, made by special people, and offering you a special experience. It's authentic. It's the real deal. It's the essence of what the romance of good wine and sharing it are all about. And we think you'll agree, Every Sip is Special too.