Tell us about yourself:
I worked as a photographer in my twenties, since 1980 I have been a winemaker in the Napa valley. I’m a wood worker, gardener, white water boater and father of two beautiful young women now in their twenties.
What one thing are you most proud of in your 63 years?
I’ve been very lucky and much to be thankful for, beautiful daughters–now young women, lots of adventure travel, but if I had to pick one thing of which I’m proud, it would be becoming a good craftsman. I built the koa Uke, turned the walnut bowl, and made world class pinot noir. Said simply, I’ve taught myself how to learn and master what I’m curious and passionate about.
What one thing would you like to do before you’re 100?
Rebuild a five hundred year old timber frame structure in France and learn the language in the process. Thats a little random, but it’s my current favorite day dream.
What single thing do you think has changed the world in your lifetime?
Clearly the most important thing I’ve seen happen in my lifetime is the realization (however slowly coming) that we have damaged our only home and much will have to change in the way we think and what we value to save the seventh generation from now a place to live.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Regrets are the most useless things, cultivate Beginners Mind, and buy some Apple stock when it becomes available.