The Capricorn personality is geared towards that of leadership and achievement, they always want to climb the corporate ladder and be the best they can be. Capricorns have excellent sense of time and manage it very well, they are excellent organizers. Capricorns are very creative, not spontaneously creative but it is incorporated into their time management skills and their ideas for executing a plan. Capricorns make good, wise investments because they look at the long term and what will be the most beneficial down the road. (From:

Yesterday was the full moon in Capricorn, with the effects of the full moon continuing for the next couple of days. Life at this time centers around being responsible (this is why it’s traditionally tax time), being patient, ambitious and resourceful, and it’s about loyalty.

So… whom have I met that fills this hat?

Thinking… Aha!

It has to be Dan Gustafson… When thinking about it, Dan just popped into my head. A Capricorn’s totem is the mountain goat, which climbs – step by careful step – to the top of the mountain. Dan has done just that, both metaphorically and literally, which is why he’s such a logical choice. Dan’s the new president of PS I Love You for 2016, so I know him through this early connection. He’s been on our advisory board, and has also served as vice president. Dan has also volunteered his beautiful, mountainside location in Dry Creek Valley for our volunteers’ annual picnic. He’s solidly there accepting responsibly, as well as being resourceful and magnanimous as a community leader. He is what Capricorn represents…

Dad Gustafson has two worlds

He has a residence in the Minneapolis, where he works as a successful real estate developer and has a background in landscape architecture. He also lives in Healdsburg, California as the owner of D.H. Gustafson Family Vineyards & Winery. Seemingly two separate worlds, it’s only latitude and longitude that separates his same core values.

[This image is borrowed from Dan Gustafson’s Website.]

In the spring of 2002, Dan was driving with his family between Healdsburg and the California coast. When he came upon the crest of a hill, Dan saw the glory in this picture… What he discovered in the mountains above Lake Sonoma was paradise. He pulled his car to the side of the road and looked over a fence. The location captured his imagination and he knew that this would be a perfect place to grow grapes.  He went on to purchase the 87 acres of hillside property high up in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley.

Dan’s first profession as a landscape architect has not only put him in touch with the land, but it’s also given him an understanding of how to nurture not only plant life, but also community life.


He has entrusted the winemaking to Emmett Reed, where both Dan and Emmett discuss viticulture. Dan has given Emmett the tools to make superb wines, from his Dry Creek iron oxide, red soil… Viticulturist Hector Bedolla once told me, “The red soils of Dry Creek Valley are as good as gold…” This mountain fruit is the basis for wines that easily skip the light fandango on our palates… they’ve got character, finesse, and bold flavors, when need be. The wines are as artisan as they get and simply excellent.

Visiting Dan’s downtown tasting room in Healdsburg, or driving up that mountainside to absorb breathtaking vistas… What’s not to love?