Dr. Jerry Seps left life as a Stanford professor — and all the boring staff meetings that went with it — to start Storybook Mountain Vineyards near Calistoga. Tom Leonardini Sr. traded the automotive industry for Whitehall Lane Winery in Napa. Fess Parker dropped the hustle and bustle of Hollywood for slow-paced Santa Ynez Valley to found Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards.
If you have a dream about wine, it’s worth pursuing. All the above created wineries with wine facilities and vineyards, but many people nowadays fulfill their winemaking dream by just buying all their fruit and using co-op wine facilities. Across the U.S., you can see this happening; there are more courses and education for would-be winemakers than ever before.
And your wine dream doesn’t have to be about making your own wine. Maybe you love Bordeaux wines, or Burgundy wines, or wines from the Sonoma Coast or Santa Barbara. You can explore all those wine regions by reading, tasting the wines, tracking the wineries and visiting in person.
We don’t have to be wine experts or connoisseurs to follow our wine dreams. Unlike a wine expert, we don’t have to know everything about wine — just the parts that fascinate us.
If Chardonnay is your thing, dive in and check it out, from the low to high range Chards, the oaky to no oak, the Santa Barbara to Sonoma … there are so many facets to explore, and you are the one in charge of your own wine trail.
So, immerse yourself in your own passion for wine.
We know of no better gift.