Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 40 minutes 21 seconds


June 29, 2023


This interview is with Howard Rossbach of Citation Wines. In this interview, Howard speaks about working in all aspects of the wine business, and coming up with the idea to start Firesteed Cellars while working in wine sales and distribution.

He talks about how he started a “virtual winery” and built it up, and about how he came to acquire Erratic Oaks. He also speaks about the industry’s growth along the way, and the people he worked with and learned from.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at at Erratic Oaks Vineyard in Dallas on June 29, 2023.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.


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