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A Common Thread to Good Business: Have Passion

I spent this past weekend in California wine country and it was absolutely beautiful. I indulged in a little wine, had fun participating in some grape stomping and learned so much about the wine-making process. It’s important to remember that Warriors work hard but also play hard too. I feel so refreshed and re-energized to tackle the week ahead of me now in the spirit of a true Warrior.

Stomping Grapes!
While the trip was wonderful for renewing my mental and physical health, it also turned out to be a totally inspiring professional experience. Who would have thought? 
All of the wineries I visited had great people who were all pursuing their passions. I loved it! Being an entrepreneur and business woman, I know first hand about the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed. I also know how difficult it can be to make your mark and find that inner strength to chase your passion and make your dreams a reality. Given that, I felt so honored to meet fellow entrepreneurs and visit businesses that totally embody the Warrior Element! 
Crocker & Starr Winery 
Pam Starr, with Charlie Crocker, established Crocker & Starr Winery in 1997.  Pam discovered her passion for wine-making from a young age and rose to owner/wine-maker in a relatively short period of time due to a unique mix of skill, passion and dedication. Pam also spoke to me about the importance of having a great team, perseverance and determination in achieving your goals. I loved her go-getter attitude and inspiring words of wisdom.
Vineyards at Crocker & Starr
Learning About the Difference in Grapes
for Malbec versus Cabernet



Vineyard 29
I learned that Vineyard 29 began when Teresa Norton and Tom Paine came to Napa Valley to retire. They quickly realized that their estate was prime Cabernet Sauvignon territory and one dream turned into another. I think the beginnings of this vineyard show that opportunity really does present itself in so many different ways and that it really is never too late to pursue a passion. We just have to stay alert and focused. P.S. Vineyard 29 had a delicious wine and cheese pairing!
Wine Barrels 
Delicious Wine and Cheese Pairing at Vineyard 29
Quintessa 
This winery’s origins are equally inspiring. Agustin and Valeria Huneeus, the proprietors, are originally from Chile. Industrious work ethics and a love for fine wine propelled them forward to achieve their dreams despite many obstacles, one being entering and learning the wine business in an entirely different culture. A true testament to a strong work ethic and passion for what you do.  
Learning About the Wine-Making Process
The Breathtaking Quintessa Property

Seeing and celebrating others successes is such a joy. I think it is so important (and rewarding) to support other business owners in our community, near and far. It is so amazing the inspiration you will find and the things you will learn from speaking with entrepreneurs and business owners in other industries. I highly recommend it.
Hugs and love,
Gail

Comments 3

  1. September 30, 2014

    Love this! I'm a fellow Napa Valley lover!! It was a favorite outing of mine when I lived in the Bay Area. I agree the wine making process is so unique and interesting! Love your pics :-)~dionne

  2. October 8, 2014

    Hi Dionne,

    Thanks for the kind words. I'm so happy to meet another Napa Valley fan! Napa is wonderful, isn't it? I just loved the beautiful scenery and wonderful wines. It was such a relaxing break. I felt like time slowed down!

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