Life on the road in a RV and building wine cellars for wine enthusiasts
I had been in the building business for over thirty-five years and have worked variously as Foreman, Superintendent, and Project Manager on a multitude of construction projects. Before this I ran my own general contracting company which specialized in restoration and renovation.For many years when I realized that there was an unfulfilled niche in my life. When asked by a friend to build him a wine cellar, I knew that this what I wanted to do. After building wine cellars in St. Louis as a side line, I decided to put a motorhome on the road, to travel from coast to coast to follow that dream. I now travel around the country in an American Eagle Motorhome seeing more of the country in a month than most people might see in a lifetime. Wine cellars, by now, have become extremely popular on both the East and West Coasts and the Midwest. So my company was devoted exclusively to the design, consultation, and construction of custom wine cellars. Now having built wine cellars for over 15 years, I am very fluent in the design, construction, and temperature control of wine cellars. I have built wine cellars have for stars, celebrities, sports figures, CEO's, and top restaurants across the country. I was one of those people that I now preach in my blogs and articles to new clients not to use. "Don't let your wine cellar be the first one that your contractor builds". I studied with as many manufactures as I could. I went to their plants all over the country, from Ohio to New Hampshire to California. . People even e-mailed in, telling them they saw and talked with me. The wineries and vineyards treated me as VIP. I never had to pay for any wine tasting, and was always given a bottle or two, sometimes a case to take with me. All the wines that were given to me, I would invite people, when I stopped, all to have a glass with me. When in some of these RV Resorts, everyone was always up for a glass of wine with the Winecellarguy. I choose to live anywhere my motorhome will take me. I could be eating lunch in Manhattan with a friend to building a wine cellar for a star or celebrity across the country.
I left Kansas City and thought, Where do I want to go? Like I said
earlier, fuel was not that much of an expense at this time. I started to travel
south, since this was wintertime. I ventured out along I-35 in Kansas and
down into Oklahoma. Outside of Oklahoma City, I looked at something
along the roadside. As I got closer, it appeared to be someone lying on
top of a bike. I slowed down a little because I didn’t want to startle the
guy. He didn’t move. I went to the next exit and turned around and came
back. I still didn’t see any movement. As I got closer, I pulled over on the
shoulder. I got out of the RV and yelled at the guy, “Are you okay?”
This type of construction, you want done right from the start!
In 2011 I had the opportunity to pass John's RV several times on I-20 heading into Dallas and near an exit in Forney,Texas we both just happened to stop at the same gas station to fill up. Being a person who has to ask every person I meet, a question, I asked John a question and was overwhelmed with his honesty. Honesty is a tough find in the contracting business anymore. Being a successful carpenter in my earlier life working on high end homes in Texas, I would more than likely had someone of John Seitz's background watching over my shoulder to make sure I did the job installation CORRECTLY from the start. These wine cellar room's are not cheap to begin with, so you want a contractor who knows the proper procedure to do the job right the first time. John Seitz will get the call whenever I notice a project for a wine cellar installation being built.
Also, John takes you on the road with his dog, Torrey! What a team, what a life together! A fun and informative read indeed!
A wonderful light read with great tips on wine cellars. As a fellow RV enthusiast, I could relate to the great stories of the open road. I would highly recommend!
Good little time waster on a rainy day, a few interesting stories about "life on the road". Seems there is a lot of the "look at me and who I've met", becomes boring quickly. Nice story about the dog, the motorhome seems to be the starring character, not much about wine cellars.... Glad I bought it online, not the paperback...spell check would be nice as well...ho-hum.