Today we are talking to Joseph Carr. Joe is the person behind Joseph Carr Wines and Josh Cellars. He is the epitome of aging enthusiastically. Joseph shares how he lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and is originally from upstate New York. He has been in the wine business since he was 18 years old, having worked his way through college as a wine steward in a French restaurant.
Joe has worked for wineries in France, Italy, and Spain, Napa Valley and Sonoma. On September 11 he lost some good friends; including a friend who was on the first plane to hit the Twin Towers and friends who were lost in the towers. He and his wife, Dee decided that it was time they followed their dream and they ventured out on their own to start their own wine company.
They refinanced their house to finance their business and they used their garage as an office and a picnic table for their desk. Joe sold the first couple hundred cases of wine out of the back of his truck. They began that journey 10 years ago and this year his wine was the number one selling wine in the country, selling over 3 million cases. It has truly been an amazing journey.
Sadly, about a year and a half ago Dee passed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer about 14 months earlier. After her death, Joe wasn’t sure what he should do or whether or not to continue in the wine business. He decided the best thing he could do was to help others and he now speaks with businesses, at colleges and universities on the topics of adversity and failure. He is a true inspiration.
Please watch Joseph Carr’s story in today’s video:
If you are 21 and over, to learn more about Joseph Carr WIne: https://www.josephcarrwine.com/