Mom the Saint
My mother, Helen F. Benziger, was a genuine saint-like individual. She spread her love over the entire Benziger family of employees and made a place at her table for anyone in need of food and comfort. Even though she was an only child, or maybe because of it, she raised seven kids and 19 grandchildren with ease.
Although we often focus on Bruno and Mike finding and buying the property, Helen made it work. She came out from NY without ever seeing the ranch and set up her family in style, despite the fact that the house she moved into was more 19th century than 20th!
She fed us breakfast, lunch & dinner as we built the winery and found time to feed all our employees too. She was making over 100 lunches a day in the end and still found time to help in the Tasting Room host any VIPs that might have stopped in, and fed them too! There was always room for one more at “Bluie’s” table, a nickname given to her by the grandchildren she cherished most.