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April 4, 2011

For the love of wine

The People’s Winery celebrates opening.

After a November fire at a Carmel winery destroyed all of their inventory, Stacie and Brad Angle knew they still wanted to turn their hobby into a full-time business.

“We already aged that wine. We were so depressed,” Stacie said. “Our building was done, so we decided there was no turning back at that point.”

Stacie and Brad were home wine makers for several years.

“It was a passion of ours,” said Stacie.

With the help of the franchise, Wine Not International, The People’s Winery was able to obtain surplus juices from other franchised wineries and start making its inventory again.

The People’s Winery celebrated a soft opening three weeks ago. Ron Shoff, Stacie’s mentor and owner of Grape Inspirations Winery, stopped by during the opening and offered a seminar on wine etiquette and wine tasting. to The People’s Winery helpers. It was Shoff’s winery that burned in Carmel.

The Angles’ passion for wine making began after a close friend — an amateur wine maker — gave the couple two bottles of homemade wine.

Stacie said Brad, who is normally laid back and usually not very expressive, drank the wine and seemed to like it. She recalled he told her how beautiful she looked.

She thought they had to look into making their own wine.

To surprise her husband for his birthday, she convinced her friend to order the equipment. To keep it secret, the equipment was set up in a neighbor’s house.

“We were thinking about opening a wine supply store for home wine makers,” Stacie said. “Once I was laid off, the idea kind of grew.”

After a trip to Grape Inspirations, Stacie discovered it was a Wine Not International franchise. After some research, she was on her way to opening the new business. Work began last spring.

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