So recently we had someone visit my wines of the world class. His named was Joseph Carr. Google his name if you haven’t heard of him. He is a pretty well know wine producer who has a very popular self named wines. There is also a line named “Josh” which is named after his father. I was pretty nervous the day he came in because I have a thing about male authority figures, Daddy issues I suppose. Anyways, when he walked in he was dressed in a nice suit and tie and looked serious while talking to my professor. I didn’t notice the baseball cap on his head.
He began handing out a pretty heavy packet with info about him and his wines and did something amazing. He introduced himself to us and shook every single person’s hand. He introduced himself as Joe. He began his lecture by telling us that he hates suits and he only wears them for two reasons, he came from an event that calls for it, or he came from a meeting with his lawyer. Turns out he had met with his lawyer and loosened his tie and rolled up his sleeves. He passed out glasses and poured the first wine a chardonnay under his brand “Josh.”
As the day progressed I realized this man is what people want to be like. A college kid who has zero idea of what he wants to do with his life, who came from a middle of nowhere town in upstate new york, and decided to dive right into an awesome industry. He started out by waiting tables at a fine dining french restaurant. His manager said he was awful. Poor guy. This man though went on to become a very successful Sommelier and international wine industry executive. He made six figures and flew everywhere first class. And he hated it. So he took a leap and followed his dream. Now he is a very successful negotiant of Napa Valley and his wines are some of my favorite.
I had lost sight of my dream under all of the homework, tests, and long hours at work. He helped me reclaim that dream with a simple story over a glass of wine. He gave everyone an autographed poster and he signed a bottle for me. Both are decorations in my room that I look at every day.
So if you pick up a bottle of his wine, read the back. There you will finds some required facts and one simple word: Share.
That word has such a deep meaning for me and maybe one day it will for you too.