A couple of years ago, the 51-year-old started "de-constructing" The Dead Arm, his flagship shiraz, for his Amazing Sites project. The wine is a blend from many shiraz vineyards. Osborn took some of the wine from each top plot of land and bottled each as a single vineyard wine.
The sleep inducement wasn't the president's dulcet tones or less-than-compelling words - it was wine. And this was no swill. It was a "very good California wine" that Justice Anthony Kennedy had brought to a dinner held before the big speech.
Over the last decade, the state has become a hub for the development of genetically engineered corn and other crops that are sold to farmers around the globe. Monsanto and other seed companies have moved here en masse, and corn now sprouts on thousands of acres where sugar or pineapples once grew.
Deb and Rick Barnett knew when they came around the bend it was the perfect place to live out their dream. With a winding lane shaded by decades-old cottonwoods, backed by a farm pond and fronted with the rolling hills west of Tekamah, the acreage was destined to become Big Cottonwood, the Barnetts' winery.
While this business model is an interesting twist in its own right, the most unique aspect of NakedWines.com is that the money it gets from the angels is used to literally provide individual wine makers an opportunity to create great wines of their own without having to worry about the financial and distribution aspects of wine-making.
Talking in Manchester last week at the introduction of its new Jackson Estate Somerset Pinot Noir 2011, Jackson Estate winemaker of nine years Matt Patterson-Green told Harpers the project is currently in design mode. He said for the past two years demand for Pinot Noir from its 100ha has been outstripping supply and it "can't make enough".