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Our Story

I had also just seen the movie, "Sideways" and have, over the years, learned about wine and really enjoyed the experience. Of course, drinking it was entirely enjoyable,

but also learning about the culture of wine - the different varietals, different practices in different parts of the world, and how it is so ingrained in so many countries and customs. So, why not retire to a vineyard! Let’s not get hung up on how I knew nothing about viticulture, or that I lived in Michigan, or that I knew no one in the wine growing industry…

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But I embarked on a journey of exploration and learning. Fortunately, that journey led me to Paso Robles and in 2005, I discovered everything I needed - a great parcel of land and experienced growers who were willing to patiently help me understand what it would take to develop a vineyard. Most importantly, I met Steve Crouch. Steve had worked in farming, well, forever. He also was an expert in dry farming, which I quickly learned meant no irrigation. That freaked me out at first, but once I understood the many benefits, it felt right. And boy was that a good call.

As for the property itself, just one small issue - it was a walnut farm!

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