For Karl Wente, music can be paired with wine as easily as food. When the fifth generation winemaker isn\u2019t overseeing Wente Vineyards\u2019 3,000 acres of grapes in California\u2019s Livermore Valley and Monterey County, he\u2019s often at home in Livermore with friends, crafting music on his back porch or launching \u201cDiscover the Wine, Discover the Music,\u201d the Web-based marketing campaign, in which Wente matches some of his wines with the work of several musicians.\r\n\r\nFavorite beverage when I was 6: Calcium fortified Minute Maid orange juice.\r\n\r\nFavorite beverage now: A glass of wine, paired with all senses of the occasion. It\u2019s who you\u2019re with, the temperature outside, the time of day, the music that\u2019s on, the time of the year, the meal that you\u2019re eating, the clothes that you\u2019re wearing.\r\n\r\nFirst wine experience: When I was five, my uncle, Phil Wente, mixed some wine with water at our house. It was very flavorful, without being sweet. It wasn\u2019t like juice. There was just a lot going on.\r\n\r\nEpiphany wine experience: During a summer break from high school at our cabin on Lake Tahoe, Mom handed me a glass of Wente\u2019s 1991 Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc and said, \u201cPop quiz: name that varietal.\u201d I stuck my nose into it. It was so distinctly Sauvignon Blanc, I could almost picture the aromas. I was so proud to get it right.\r\n\r\nFavorite dish when I was 6: Thin crust pepperoni and salami pizza.\r\n\r\nFavorite dish now: Soft shell crab po-boy with hot sauce at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Over the last six years, I\u2019ve attended four times. My first jazz fest was the best week of my life.\r\n\r\nFavorite musical artist when I was 13: Bon Jovi.\r\n\r\nFavorite musical artist now: My friends. They play music and sing with me on the porch. People grab a shaker, mandolin, ukulele, guitar or bass. We can go from Beethoven to The Rolling Stones; from Patsy Cline to Phish. Favorite toy when I was 6: Legos. Favorite toy/gadget now: My Canadian-made Larriv\u00e9e acoustic guitar.\r\n\r\nDecoration on my bedroom wall when I was 13: Poster of Michael Jordan on the free throw line.\r\n\r\nFavorite decorations on my wall now: I have seven pieces depicting Marilyn Monroe in the house, including a nine-panel abstract oil\r\npainting.\r\n\r\nWhat I wanted to be when I grew up: Professional tennis player, like Boris Becker.\r\n\r\nWhat I\u2019d be if I wasn\u2019t a winemaker: A traveler with a notebook, a guitar and a camera. I\u2019d find a way to make a living doing something\r\nwith those things.\r\n\r\nIdeal vacation when I was 12: Summers at the knotty pine cabin my great-grandfather bought on Lake Tahoe in the 1940s.\r\n\r\nIdeal vacation now: Back country skiing, on a blue sky day, after a foot of powder. If I had an emotional meltdown when I was 6, it was most likely over: Not being able to effectively communicate everything that was going on in my head.\r\n\r\nIf I was able to rant publicly on a given subject today, it would involve: Food supply, diet and mind/body/universe continuity.\r\n\r\nWhat would my 16-year-old self think of\r\nwho I am and what I\u2019ve become? He would be reasonably pleased. I live in a cool house, practice yoga and make wine. I\u2019ve got a phenomenal group of friends. Life is good today.