What do you do?
Along with my business partner Mark Vogler, I am the founder/proprietor of Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT Wine Country Tour & Event Company here in the majestic Northern California Wine Region.
Why do you do it?
I love a sense of community and bringing people together! Also over the course of the past 16 years of living in Wine Country I have seen the growth of our LGBT community both in tourism as well as people purchasing homes. Then it dawned on me that no one is catering to us at all!
What accomplishment in your career to date are you most proud of?
I am most proud of what Mark & I have accomplished in the 2 years since we started Out In The Vineyard! I truly feel that we are playing a major role in creating Wine Country as a destination for our LGBT community. At the same time I believe we are opening up the eyes of the Wine Industry to our community as a viable market!
Who has made the biggest impact on you in life so far, and why?
On a personal level it is my parents who have instilled in me the values to live my life as an upstanding adult; to treat people with respect and admiration, no matter what or where they are in life.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Gregarious, Hospitable and Positive
What is something that not a lot of people know about you, but you wish more people could know?
That I am a single gay man living the dream alone in Wine Country! For some reason most people think I have a partner!?!?! I guess that sounds like a singles ad!!!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
Those who know me well know my answer…. Barbra Streisand! LOL!!! I would love to know what it feels like to have such an amazing talent (that voice) and have the clout and sustaining power that she has had for over 50 years now.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
George Clooney, of course. People confuse me for him all the time, always asking for my autograph! (I oblige!!!)
Where would you go if you had a time machine?
Paris…..I have an affinity for not only the city but for the outlying areas such as Provence. Magical & romantic for me!
Anything else you would you like to tell our readers?
I am thrilled to be a part of creating a place for our community here in Wine Country with Out In The Vineyard and Gay Wine Weekend! I truly feel that I live in one of, if not the best place in our Country, and I love being able to share it with people from all over the world! With Gay Wine Weekend I get to use all my resources and work with so many amazing people here in Wine Country who help us put this event together. It definitely makes me proud to be part of this community and feel that at the same time I am giving back. That is important to me!
To find out more about Out in the Vineyard, visit the website here.