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Grape Vines: A (Really Good!) Wedding Gift

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For Jim and JoAnna Sullivan, it began with a seemingly simple gift on their wedding day. An arbor of grape vine cuttings from JoAnna’s Uncle Charlie. Uncle Charlie couldn’t possibly have known what his gift would become.

Jim Sullivan’s passion for wine began in the 1950s. A successful graphic artist living and working in Los Angeles, he was part of a building wave of interest in high quality, high end wines. In his search to unearth his favorites - wines that appealed to his demanding aesthetic tastes - Jim was drawn to the quiet farming community of the Napa Valley. Soon he found himself making frequent trips to the region.

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As the 1960s approached, Jim’s passion grew. No longer satisfied with relying on other people to tempt his palate, Jim began making wine himself. Now, this graphic artist known for his work with 60s icons such as The MonkeesDick Clark Productions and Clymer was determined to apply his artistry to every step of the winemaking process and began the search for the ideal soil to plant his vines. A search that would lead him to Rutherford. For JoAnna, Rutherford offered a different vision. Despite living in Los Angeles, many of the dominant images of JoAnna’s childhood were defined by more pastoral imagery. Her memories were a montage of idyllic days at her Uncle Charlie’s farm playing amongst his Almond and Plum trees. Inspired by her experiences, JoAnna dreamed of raising her family on a farm, far from the city. Her dream would soon come true.

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Published by Carrie Schuster