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.
This interview is with Lisa Zuniga of Citation WInes. In this interview, Lisa speaks about her initial interest in wine and starting her career at Firesteed Cellars. After holding a number of roles, she dove into vineyard management at a time when Firesteed was growing its vineyards.
She talks about her biggest learning curves, parts of the work she enjoys the most and figuring out her role on the fly. She also talks about seeing more women coming into the vineyard side of the industry and about her recent adventures with winemaking in Arizona.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Erratic Oaks Vineyard in Dallas on June 20, 2023.