Tom Hoffman, who describes himself as the “winemaker, cellar rat, chief bottle washer and in-house musician” of Heritage Oak Winery, was the featured speaker at the September meeting of the American Association of University Women.
Hoffman, who is a fifth generation grape grower in the Lodi area, described his evolution from teaching in Peru to opening a winery after a series of “learning experiences” that might have caused others to abandon the idea entirely. He also gave credit to many people who helped along the way to his becoming a co-owner of a successful winery.
Hoffman believes that while operating a winery/tasting room is about selling wine, it is also about relationships. He feels that it has made his and his family’s lives richer and says, even knowing what he knows now, he would do it all over again.
AAUW meets on the third Tuesday of the month, except for December, June, July and August, at United Congregational Christian Church at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and 7 p.m. for a guest speaker. Non-members are always welcome.
— Source: Ruth Wright