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Stubbs Vineyard, California – Tom and Mary Stubbs

January 29, 2012

Why do you do what you do?

Because we are lucky enough to have property in the perfect microclimate, and soil that is perfectly balanced for growing Pinot and Chardonnay grapes.  We are lucky enough to have found Dan Goldfield to partner with us to make our wines.  As partners, Tom and I both have very different types of work that we love within the same business:  Tom loves farming, he loves growing grapes.  I love marketing and distributing our wines.  We both love working with people in the field such as Marin Organic, MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), and our clients.

Why do you choose to do it the way you do?

1) Because we are insane.

2) To make our lives more complicated than they already are.

3) Because we intend to bequeath Stubbs Vineyard to our 3 children (if they’ll take it), and the soil will be depleted if it isn’t farmed organically; you can’t keep taking from the soil without giving back.

4) Because it makes our wines taste better.

5) Because we are part of the Walker Creek watershed.

6) Because we care about the health of whoever works in the vineyard.

7) Obviously, because we care about the environment.

What obstacles have you overcome?

Weed control is one of the most difficult obstacles with organic farming.  We think we have learned some secrets after 14 years!

What disasters have you survived?

Frost…well, I don’t think I’d call that a ‘disaster’…more a severe loss one year.

Are you happy with your work?

Extremely.  We love our ‘work’, and people love Stubbs wines.  That helps immensely.

Is it worth the effort?

In dollars, no.  In daily happiness, definitely.  So overall, yes.




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