The Calling – CBS


Hi, everyone. Thanks for tuning in I’m excited
to share another big milestone for The Calling, our national
network television debut. As you know, CBS’s
highly rated morning show CBS This Morning filmed
a segment about The Calling. They toward The
Calling vineyards, the winemaking facility, and
gave people an inside look at the making of our fine wines. So I’d like to make a
toast to The Calling. Cheers, and enjoy the show. CBS announcer Jim Nantz
one of the most familiar faces in sports. He’s hosted everything from
the Super Bowl to the Masters, but there is a side of Jim
most fans do not know about. Jeff Glor is with us. Jeff, good morning. Charlie, good morning to you. It’s not what you might guess. Nantz is still broadcasting,
and we’ll keep broadcasting. But he’s also found
another job and a new home Hello, friends. Welcome, friends. Hello, friends. Jim Nantz here. For 30 years, sports fans
have heard a familiar voice. Wow, what a feeling– –to deliver some of
broadcasting’s most memorable lines. A tradition unlike any other. I’ve been in
people’s living rooms for more than half my life
with a blue blazer on. So I think people think
I sleep in a blue blazer, I go out to dinner
with that CBS coat on. That is my life. And you know what? I’m so proud of that
life, but this truly is. This is my life right here. Here is northern
California where Jim Nantz has found his
second calling, making wine. It wouldn’t seem there’s
too many similarities between the two jobs, are there? So I think there are some. I think every time
I go into the booth, I have to have my
research down cold. I want to be able
to be there to tell the story of a big
sporting event. Who is going to make the
history here in New Orleans? Now on the wine side,
I was researched. I spent a good 10 years
combing through valleys and talking to vintners
and meeting with people and reading all about it to try
to understand this business. And I wanted our product to be
something that was authentic. Nantz’s dream to
create his own wines became a reality in 2009
after a chance meeting with Peter Deutsch. When you say chance
meeting, was I mean I was in a restaurant
in Greenwich, Connecticut, when this towering
6′ 5″ guy came over and interrupted my
dinner and said, excuse me. He said, I’m Peter Deutsch. I just read your book
about your father that you wrote and just
wanted to say hello. I feel like I’ve known
you my whole life. And I said, well, thank you. And what industry are you in? He said, I’m in
the wine business. I said, really? Deutsch– along
with his father– had built one of the most
successful family owned wine companies in the
country responsible for more than 30 brands of wine,
including Yellowtail., Peter’s relationship
with his father drew him to a copy
of Nantz’s book. If Jim hadn’t written that
book, we wouldn’t be here today. We would never have
been here today. Absolutely not. That chance meeting became a
chance to make a new product, just as soon as Nantz answered
one pressing question. I asked him point
blank, does your name have to be on the label? His answer was on the money. If they can help
us, let’s do it, but I prefer that it stays
off in the background. Thankfully, I knew enough
about the wine business and know that could
really lead to a disaster. You could be the most beloved
singer, golfer, or whatever, but you put your name on the
label, it’s a tough sell. So the graveyard of celebrity
wines is running out of space. You knew from the beginning
you had no interest in seeing your name. I’m not a vanity plate. And I’m lucky enough
to have the dream job. Truly since I was 11 years
old, I wanted to work for CBS. I always wanted to be calling
the great American sporting events. The name they settled
on, The Calling. Along with Nantz’s wife
Courtney, Jim and Peter have partnered with some of the
best vineyards and winemakers in California, and
last month, in Jim and Courtney’s new
hometown of Carmel, they launched their fifth
product, a pinot noir. Today, their wines are available
in more than 2,000 restaurants across the country. Here here, here here. Starting at about $30 a bottle
retail, the wine is not cheap, but Nantz believes the
quality exceeds bottles that costs twice as much. I look at it like this. I didn’t grow up
with a family that had an endless supply of money. I grew up in a loving,
modest family environment. I wouldn’t want to put
something on the market that my parents in their time
couldn’t go to a restaurant and afford to buy it. Family ties are, the reason
this wine was launched in the first place,
and there’s a reason Nantz hopes it will last. This was an opportunity
try to take something that I taught myself,
a level of expertise, and then could apply
that passion and energy into something that could
become a company that stays in my family for
generations to come.

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