People used to ask Burt Williams why he and Ed Selyem didn’t own a vineyard.
“I was busy making wine and Ed was busy selling it,” said Williams of their days at Williams Selyem Winery. “We didn’t have any spare time. What do you want us to do, four or five jobs?” He laughed, knowing the two home-winemakers already had their hands full.
Williams, 70, who sold Williams Selyem in 1998 after making it one of California’s most respected producers of Pinot Noir, owns a vineyard now. He took his share of the $9.5 million sale price and in 1999 bought 40 acres in Anderson Valley, where he planted 12.5 to Pinot Noir. He's now making wine under the Morning Dew Ranch label.
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