By James Van Nuys
“First,” I said, beginning my interview with vigneron Mike Gould, “We might as well get the basic “where-are-you-from” stuff out of the way.”
“I was born by candlelight during a tornado in Park Rapids, Minnesota,” said Mike, in a Minnesota accent.
“In a log cabin?” I asked, thinking his story sounded a bit Lincoln-esque.
“No, in a hospital,” Mike replied.
“A log hospital?” I persisted, still unable to picture it.
“It was a regular hospital,” Mike explained patiently, “The electricity was off because of the tornado.” (And here I’ll have to ask the reader to imagine the word “tornado” in a Minnesota accent.)
I had to give him credit for an original where-are-you-from story, but then, Mike Gould is an original kind of guy.
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