I've always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, In moderation, wine is good for you - mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I say to consumers: instead of relying totally on critics, drink what you like and like what you drink.
Even more importantly, it's wine, food and the arts. Incorporating those three enhances the quality of life.
I always knew that food and wine were vital, with my mother being Italian and a good cook.
Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.
My path was simple: Follow your passion. Pour in your heart and soul. Settle for nothing less than excellence. And with enough hard work and faith in yourself, you can realize your dream.
I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness.
Critics have done the wine industry a lot of good overall.
My mother served me wine and water from the time I was 3 years old.
Whether I played marbles, whether I played football or slam anything else, I wanted to excel.
In both life and work, stay flexible. Whether in a country, a company, or a family, the same holds true: Dictatorship and rigidity rarely work. Freedom and elasticity do.
If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three - wine, food, and art - as a way of enhancing life.
The greatest leaders don't rule. They inspire
This is what I think is very essential... moderation can be good for you.
America was built on the can-do spirit and will continue to thrive on the can-do spirit.
There are a lot of people with a lot of money, and I'm amazed they don't understand what a great pleasure it can be to give.
Inductee in the Vintner's Hall of Fame
As I traveled the world over, I traveled everywhere, and I learned so much.
My brother and I had saved $15,000 by working many years nailing fruit crates together.
My wife taught me the importance of living well.
I know that wine is, above all else, a blessing, a gift of nature, a joy as pure and elemental as the soil and vines and sunshine from which it springs.
We want to raise the art of living well.
We definitely need to get the excitement back.
Also, many consumers consider a critic to be like God Almighty.
Once I was able to take care of myself and my children, I then wanted to share.
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