Here it is, our confession: we never really wanted a tasting room. We like--no, make that LOVE--making wine. But having a tasting room is effectively running a store, and neither of us have a "calling" for that. One of the most important things you can do in business is to assess what you are good at, and DO that. Then you figure out how to hire the staff to do the necessary things you don't/can't do . . . or figure out how to structure your business to leave out the stuff you'll never do well. We're really lucky--we have distributors and sales staff who are brilliant at selling our wines and frankly, they have saved us from doing what we're bad at!
Now, due to empty-nest syndrome (the kids are grown and have flown!) we recently moved out of our home and facility on Silverado Trail in St. Helena. We bought a very cool house in Berkeley--designed and built in 1907 by Bernard Maybeck. The commute to the Napa Valley is reasonable, and it's fun to be in the middle of the cultural, educational and social variety that is available in this crazy city. We can ride our bikes safely, and walk to the grocery--something that was difficult to do where we lived in the upper Napa Valley. We've discovered that staying in the same old place wasn't going to keep us challenged and excited--so here we are.
Kent continues to make our wonderful wines and Celia is still doing the compliance; life is still a grand mystery, and we are still exploring it!