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The networking may be paying off. "There's a cable-TV production company that's hired me to go and do interviews and emcee work up in Temecula. We've got a few in the can, and we're going to do some more. Temecula really wants to put itself on the map, and I hope to spread it to regional coverage. I love Leon Santoro, what he's doing at Orfila."

And from there? "I want to do something with casinos. That scene is about to take off. They haven't quite caught on, but they will. Big wine events, big celebrity appearances -- 'Let's get Mike Grgich, the Man That Conquered Paris.' A lot of winemakers are getting groomed by PR places, shown how to really get out there and show themselves. And there are a lot of cruise ships sailing out of San Diego right now. I don't know if you've ever seen a wine event on a cruise ship. It's usually run by the second captain, or somebody in ship's uniform, who really doesn't want to do it. He just mumbles through about an hour's worth. I'm starting to formulate a...special-events kind of thing, where I can come in and capture an audience. That's where it's going."

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