by Fred McMillin
1984 Firestone Merlot
1992 Firestone Merlot
1995 Firestone Reserve Merlot
Adam Firestone liked 1995. First, the weather was "ideal for Merlot, being moderate enough to permit a late [October] harvest." Second, he became president of the winery, replacing his father, Brooks, who was elected to the California State Assembly.
For more information about the 1995, call Shelley Machet
at (805) 688-3940.
Like Father, Like Son—The Father: Brooks needed plenty of courage to found a huge vineyard and winery in the Santa Ynez Valley 20 years ago, "since the area had no reputation for producing fine wine." The Son: No shortage of courage here. Adam left his law career long enough to serve in Desert Storm with the 1st Marine Division. It wasn't a comfy desk job. Captain Firestone led Special Operations decoy raids into the desert!
Note: For more about the winery, see the April 27,1998 WineDay titled, " Firestone Milestones."
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