I personally love experimentation. I used to breed racehorses and fish (cichlids) and loved the process of combining certain traits of same or like pedigrees (yes, fish have pedigrees!) and seeing what was in my head or on paper come to fruition. I originally made my first batch of wine (cali connoisseurs white zin) as a surprise birthday gift for my father. He suddenly passed away a little over a month before his birthday, 2 weeks before bottling. But it sparked a passion that has taken me from kits to sourcing local grapes to planting 60 vines (cab sauv, pinot, shiraz, chardonnay and albariño). The funniest part in all of this is that up until 6 years ago, I was a teetotaler!