Robert Benmosche, 65, was the CEO of MetLife when he retired in 2006 to become a vintner in Croatia. The Empire State native had built a wine collection of a few thousand bottles when a trip to Dubrovnik sparked an interest in making Zinfandel. The transition to winemaking will have to wait, however. Last August, coinciding with his first harvest, Benmosche accepted the position of president and CEO of American International Group Inc. He sat down with Wine Spectator associate editor Jennifer Fiedler at AIG headquarters in New York to discuss why he chose Croatia.
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