Jim learned the value of hard work and commitment growing up on the family dairy farm in New Philadelphia, Ohio. At The Ohio State University in Columbus he developed his business and accounting skills and eventually went on to earn his CPA.
A guy's guy, Jim loves his heavy equipment, so, naturally he started his own successful site development business. Over time, Jim recognized the need for true environmental stewardship and sustainable strategies in the construction field and this drew him to projects creating wetlands and rehabilitating streams. Today, his business proudly offers sustainable options to his clients. "Going Green. It's good for business. It's good for the environment. It's the right thing to do" and Jim does it every day.
It was a delicious full-bodied Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma that changed the way Jim viewed wine forever. This was a doorway into the world of small production specialty wines. The bohemian lifestyle, the rural and deserted Pacific coastline and most of all the stellar Pinot Noir drew Jim farther west to the cooler Sonoma Coast area. After initially focusing on producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Jim’s original love of Zinfandel has inspired him to secure partnerships with old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. And his love for more full-bodied wines compelled him to branch out to one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa Valley. Now he is proud to offer the best varietals from the best sites from Sonoma and Napa counties.
The rural Sonoma and Napa communities remind him a lot of his roots: down-to-earth agriculture with a dab of sophistication. Most of all he loves the connections he has made with great people here in the Sonoma and Napa wine countries and he is glad to call Sonoma County his new home.