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June 20th, 2011

If you want an example of ingenious long term life planning, take a look at the life that Tom Leonardini built. Born in San Francisco, he spent the first part of his life running a series of businesses in his hometown. He learned how things run and he made himself some money. He also raised five children; a team, one might call it. It’s unclear at what age he started teaching the kids about wine, but Katie, the middle daughter, recalls blind taste-testings with the family. As this story is in the section reserved for wine recommendations, maybe you can see where this is going. In 1993, the ground set, Leonardini bought the Whitehall Lane Winery in Napa. By the next year he had a son alongside and soon after a daughter followed. This, it seems to me, is not the average family business story. This is the story of a man who crafted his life so that its second half could be spent surrounded by natural beauty and his children, drinking wine and earning a profit through it all. Nicely played, sir.

We’ve got the product of all that planning here in our bar, and a pretty tasty product it is. Come check it out the next time you’re here with us. If you want an example of ingenious long term life planning, take a look at the life that Tom Leonardini built. Born in San Francisco, he spent the first part of his life running a series of businesses in his hometown. He learned how things run and he made himself some money. He also raised five children; a team, one might call it. It’s unclear at what age he started teaching the kids about wine, but Katie, the middle daughter, recalls blind taste-testings with the family. As this story is in the section reserved for wine recommendations, maybe you can see where this is going. In 1993, the ground set, Leonardini bought the Whitehall Lane Winery in Napa. By the next year he had a son alongside and soon after a daughter followed. This, it seems to me, is not the average family business story. This is the story of a man who crafted his life so that its second half could be spent surrounded by natural beauty and his children, drinking wine and earning a profit through it all. Nicely played, sir.

We’ve got the product of all that planning here in our bar, and a pretty tasty product it is. Come check it out the next time you’re here with us.

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