NATIONAL JEWELER 35 DAVID AND JULIA GARDNER CATHY CALHOUN STEVE AND JUDY PADIS The Padises had their first vintage in 2008 with the help of master winemaker Robert Foley. Currently, Padis Vineyards produces around 3,000 cases of wine per year, mostly red wine from their homegrown red grapes. About 10 per- cent of their production is chardonnay, which is made from grapes they’ve purchased. Their inner jeweler shines through on their wine labels, with a cabernet dubbed “Brilliance” and a blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah called “Sintilation.” (And, no, that is not a typo.) “If someone asks me what I do I say, ‘I do diamonds and wine,’” Steve says. The vineyard is situated between Napa’s warm upper valley and the cooler Los Carneros region to the south, just about an hour away from the couple’s San Francisco stores. The seasonality of the wine business works in the Padises’ favor, slowing down as the jewelry business revs up in November and December. The two worlds meet often, says Steve, with a lot of jewelry customers visiting the winery and vice versa. The couple has even held master classes at the winery, giving people a view of picturesque Napa Valley while they examine another natural beauty—the diamond. WINEMAKING IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA For jeweler Tom Glatz, the opportunity to branch out into the alcohol business came Continued on page 36 “IT BECAME A PASSION AND AS SOON AS WE COULD AFFORD IT, WE DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO MAKE OUR OWN WINES.” — Steve Padis, Padis Jewelers and Padis Vineyards Padis Vineyards, which is located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, produces 3,000 cases of wine per year.