I was recently Honored to be interviewed by on of my Favorite Secret Celebrities.
We chatted for around 45 Min. He asked questions that involved My Family, Our Work, and my thoughts on both. I could have talked for hours on these subjects.
Here is the fruit of this Labor.
Feel free to print all of this on my tombstone.
If you don’t know him, you should. Spend 45 minutes with Keith Saarloosand you’ll learn everything your dad should have taught you. This winemaker/entrepreneur/family man/gentleman sits down to discuss the important things in life.
I’ve been a farmer for 15 years. I’ve been on my knees for six. One day I hope to reach my feet. But growing grapes and making wine was the culmination of everything in my life.
There’s no fraud police. I do it because I say I’m doing it.
You’re idealistic when you graduate. You come out with a handful of matches ready to light the world on fire. After a little while, you look down and realize everyone’s taking turns pissing on them.
If you’re getting paid by someone else, you’re getting paid to achieve their dreams. Not your own.
No one ever asks if their parents are happy but they follow in their footsteps anyway. My job is to live a life that inspires my children. I work hard.
My Great Uncle got off a boat in World War II with people shooting at him from 50 yards away. I’ve never had a bad day in my life.
The best thing you can say is “I did that”. Good or Bad. Own it.
Check out Phil Henry’s “So God made a Farmer”. A man needs to be soft enough to cry but tough enough to get back up the next morning.
I don’t know why wine has such a pretense. I grow grapes in the dirt like everyone else. I just happen to also like cheap beer and cheap cigars.
We never remake our wines. We burn our business to the ground every year. That’s how it grows. From the ashes.
Beer is 12 ounces of selfishness. Wine is a shared experience. No one ever talks about that.
I like singer songwriters like Johnny Cash. He sang it because he meant it. Not because he was a great singer. I’m not the best wine maker in the world. I’m a pretty good farmer. I try not to screw it up.
My 8 year old daughter joined an all-boys baseball team. I told her she’s going to have to be twice as good as everyone else. She’s going to be different. Kids are mean. That’s just a fact.
She hit the only home run in the league.
I plant trees so my children and grandchildren can sit under their shade.
What’s next? I don’t know. I want to build something that everyone I love can be a part of. If they can replace me in 10 years, that will be a good day.
Live to honor you those who have come before you. Prepare for those who have yet to come. Honor + Prepare.