In the spring of 2007, Michael was flying with a friend over some of Michael’s property. Michael expressed the desire to plant a vineyard and he wondered if the land below would be suitable. The fellow with him said that he knew someone researching wine grapes, and he put Michael and Dave in touch with each other.
Michael and Dave met for the first time in April, 2007. They discussed their dreams for this venture. Dave said that the most important consideration was the site. After discussing various sites, Dave said that the best site in the valley was near Sirdar, above Duck Lake. He said that he didn’t know who owned it, but that if they wanted to go ahead on a vineyard project, they would have to buy it. Michael asked Dave to describe the site, which Dave did. To Dave’s surprise, Michael said, “I own it!”