|Todd Gottula and Erin Brooks|
At first glance, the back story doesn't fit. They're tech people, the couple behind Ernest Vineyards. Newcomers to the wine industry. They don't own any vineyards. In fact, they live in San Francisco, from where one still runs a software company.
But if you break bread with Todd Gottula and Erin Brooks, you learn the back story fits much better than it seems. They are wine lovers, land lovers and farm lovers, and their wines are a passion project.
It was surprisingly hard, over a meal at their favorite local restaurant Bar Agricole, to get them to drink their own wines.