A Humble Restart

From penniless to grapes aplenty The story behind the google results

If you do some research online, you’ll find that The Traveling Vineyard declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April 2010. It’s no secret.

That’s when I took every penny of my personal savings and made a plan to buy the company. Yes, in the middle of the Great Recession. My wife was skeptical, as you might imagine. “I’ve never seen destiny present itself so clearly in my life,” I told her. “I have to do this. I know I can make it work.”

I had a good reason for my faith in the company.

The concept behind free home wine tasting and Traveling Vineyard had been my idea in 2001 when I worked for Geerlings & Wade, a leader in the direct marketing of quality wine. If the home party concept could work for plastic storage containers and cooking utensils, why not wine?

I tested the idea with a dozen people and it took off. By 2005, Traveling Vineyard had thousands of independent consultants, who work from home hosting more than 100,000 home tasting events a year in 26 states. After decades in various sales, marketing and management positions, I had finally fallen in love with a business.

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