It's that kind of California story. Man does well in business, co-founding his own private equity firm in the 1990s. Eventually his company gets interested in wineries: first Beringer, then Chateau St. Jean. Turns out the man even has a great origin story. (His dad, who was born in France, treated him to wine cut with water when he was a kid.) He decides to move into the wine business full-time, buying ownership interest in acclaimed Kistler, and nearly sacred Sonoma vineyards like Durrell and Gap's Crown.