By Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr
Chris Carpenter may have the best day job in the world. Through the windshield of his truck, he watches the fog roll over mountain vineyards that are synonymous with long-lived premium wines. The rugged-looking, former defensive lineman for the University of Illinois agrees his daily travels are a religious experience.
“What often gets lost is the spiritual connection to wine,” he said. “You come off busy Route 29 on a holiday weekend and head into the mountains where there is nobody but you and a few hawks. You are in a beautiful place.”
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