We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking apparently comes naturally to me. At the age of 15 and in 1911, Clarice Hosea (my grandmother and the person Clarice Wine Company is named after) was engaged to be married to the son of the pharmacist in the small town of Giddings, Texas. For her family, this would be quite the step up in social status. But she fell in love with a 21 year old farmer, Pleasant Phears, and they would leave notes for one another underneath a rock near a creek in town. As her 16th birthday and wedding day simultaneously approached, she and Pleasant decided to elope and, two days before her birthday, they ran away on horse and buggy to Dime Box, Texas (16 miles away). Her brothers and father found out about their elopement and chased after them, but it started raining and so they were unable to catch up to them. Clarice and Pleasant were married 67 years.

I’ve always been Clarice’s grandson – living life with her as an inspiration. Without risk taking, I wouldn’t have discovered wine, wouldn’t have gotten into the wine business, and wouldn’t have moved to California and taken the chance of starting a winery with just $24,000. Clarice taught me well.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I guess I qualify as an artist. Winemakers are considered artists by some, craftspeople by others. I’ve been making wine for over a quarter-century now. In the last five years, after selling my first winery –Siduri Wines – I have had the opportunity to start again, looking at Pinot Noir and winemaking in completely different ways. Clarice Wine Company and Beau Marchais Winery allow me to do that. It hasn’t always been easy and there’s been a lot of luck involved but oine thing I have learned is that luck opens the doors,but you still have to walk through them. I’ve been pretty good at that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Which city? LA? I usually hit LA to work – which isn’t all bad – as my work involves food and wine. I love eating at The Bazaar for dinner – Jose Andres’ fantastic restaurant. And I do love a long decadent lunch at Spago. The pools at the Petit Hermitage and the London West Hollywood both deserve some time. After all the play, you need some down time and I love the Hotel Bel-Air for that. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Sam Kindred. Sam hired me as an assistant manager of Austin Wine & Spirits. My first wine job. Without him taking that chance on me, I certainly wouldn’t have ended up where I am.

Website: https://claricewinecompany.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claricewinecompany/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-lee-38215b140/

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm3EPnp5uD70F-M9w5Rm1mw

Image Credits
Richard Green

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