It is hard to argue with a hard working, since 1883, wine family of overly educated family members that have been running the Wente Vineyard since Chester A. Arthur was president.
Meet Wente Vineyards, namesake in the Livermore Valley wine community since its inception one-hundred and thirty one years ago.
At a ‘Storytelling’ luncheon, CEO Carolyn and Fifth Generation Winemaker, Karl D. Wente shared stories over an exceptional wine pairing meal at possibly the ‘Best Little Known Restaurant’ in New York, Marcony, named after Marco Pipolo, a newly found relative of my wife’s Pipili family from the Isle of Capri.
It was easy to understand the mindset of the Wente family via Carolyn’s grandfather, who attended the first graduating class of the University of California--Davis in 1912. One of his professors said that he heard that the Wente family has a vineyard and that his relative works at a nursery in Montpelier (France). Would it be possible if he could send some clones of the Chardonnay plant to the Wente vineyard to experiment with? He believes your terroir and location are perfect for the clone.
Winemaker Karl D. Wente went on to explain that the Wente clone has become the reference point for Chardonnay in the New World.
That was the old philosophy.
CEO Carolyn outlined the new process for family members to apply for jobs. The rules are simple: Graduate from college. Work for no less than five years somewhere else. Then throw your hat in the ring and apply for a job the same way everyone else does.
No prejudice will be involved when the hiring procedure begins.
For me, that is the story line.
The list goes on and on..
And that is a good thing.
Philip S. Kampe