Danica Patrick was 10 when she drove her first go-kart. In 2005, she became the first woman to score a top-five finish at the Indianapolis 500. Three years later, she landed a major-league win at Indy Japan 300.\r\n\r\nPatrick purchased Somnium on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley in 2009, naming it the Latin word for dream, because owning a winery was hers. This year, she released the first bottling, a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Patrick also released a fitness book, Pretty Intense (Avery, 2017), which sums up how this NASCAR favorite races through life.\r\n\r\n\u201cI just fell in love with the lifestyle and romance of it all. That\u2019s what drinking wine is all about\u2026\u201d\r\n\r\nPretty Intense. Is that a reference to the fierceness of the workout, or a comment on your personality? \r\nBoth! The program stresses how important intensity is when you work out. It is also a play on pretty, implying you can be both pretty and intense.\r\nWhat inspired your wine brand?\r\nI had this great trip to [Napa] Valley, where I connected with winemaker Aaron Pott. He poured some amazing older wines, and I just fell in love with the lifestyle and romance of it all. That\u2019s what drinking wine is all about: relaxing, conversation and spending time together over amazing food.\r\n A post shared by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) on Oct 11, 2017 at 4:51pm PDT\r\n\r\nHow would you describe your wine?\r\nI love wine that flows smoothly, that is bold and feminine, and feels like silk in your mouth. I\u2019m not trying to make the biggest wine in Napa Valley. It\u2019s not about density of tannins and weight of the wine, it\u2019s about beautiful balance and elegance. My wines are also about creating an experience.\r\nWhat is your hope for Somnium?\r\nI want people to fall in love with Napa Valley the way I did. People have these experiences they will never forget, and the wines they drink become an association with the lifestyle and environment here.\r\n\r\nAre there any correlations between racecar driving and winemaking?\r\nThere are lots of racecar drivers. We are all a little different in our style and approach. There are also lots of wines in Napa Valley. You have to be yourself and stand for something. For me, it\u2019s a quality product in the bottle and on the track. If you don\u2019t have the right crew chief or pit stops or people building the car, it will fall short in so many other areas. Whether it\u2019s racecar driving or running Somnium, it\u2019s about getting good people.