|Me (L) Adelmo Banchetti with sausage in his mouth (C) and Joe (R) circa 1989|
Joe started in the wine trade straight out of college in 1972. He has never changed jobs since then. He technically hasn’t changed companies either, although the one he originally started with (his Uncle Tony’s) was sold to another company in 1992. He has, more or less, many of the same clients he has had for decades.
But it’s only been since around 2006 that Joe started going to Italy on a regular basis. The nest was empty, he had a little more time (and a lot of vacation) and I took him on a Tuscan trip. Maybe I helped to light a fire, although if you know Joe, he’s pretty independent. He follows a course set by his own inner compass.
|Joe (C) with John (L) and Pam (R) Mariani at Castello Banfi|
|Fabrizio Bianchi (L) of Monsanto winery with Joe (R)|
|Joe at Losi Querciavalle with Zio Emilio|
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