All wine stories begin with friends. In our case, the friends who took a chance that your palate could raise its game to the level of what they would pour for you (1982 Bordeaux); the friends who told you about a very special place in California wine country (Healdsburg); the friends who took us to a special neighboring property in a private valley that had just come up for sale; the friends who introduced us to an incredible winemaker (Thomas Brown); the many friends we have met in both Napa and Sonoma with whom we have shared wine, food and wonderful friendships.
There is also a back story to our adventure in wine making, which began in late October 2004, when we sat for a technical rehearsal of a new musical at our home town La Jolla Playhouse. It was the best musical we had ever seen and we would become the largest individual investors in Jersey Boys, which became a smash hit. Now, after only six years, is the 10th most successful musical in the history of Broadway. More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the show, now playing to audiences in five locations worldwide. Jersey Boys not only provided the resources to live our passion for wine but created a whole new level of friendships among the executive producers, the writers, the director, the choreographer, the music director, the surviving members of The Four Seasons, the actors, stagehands, publicists and, of course, all the repeat customers. There is no greater pleasure for us than to sit in the back of the theater at final curtain to see the enraptured faces of all the satisfied customers, who are standing to applaud our show. Well, actually, there is now another equal pleasure, to watch our customers enjoy our wine, blended together from a whole other set of friendships.
As we approach the release our third vintage of Kinsella Estates, Tamara Vineyard, cabernet sauvignon, the bond of friendship among our winemaker, our vineyard manager, our viticulturalist, our ranch hand, our land, the water and the sun now extends to our customers, who by buying and enjoying our wine - our passion - have joined that circle of friendship, a relationship noted on our label as built "Su Una Stretta di Mano," on a handshake. It's a line from Jersey Boys and it is the way we always do business.