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The land called Sordi from bank job to farming

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The 1992 Senior Farmer John Sordi was just 10 years old when his father would harness up the horses for him and the youngster would do whatever cultivating needed to be done while his father would go into town and ply his carpenter trade.

His father, Domenic, had a Muscat grape vineyard that did well and before long bought another 40 acres and planted Thompson grapes.

Meanwhile, John went to work for the Bank of Italy, which later became the Bank of America, but he was not destined to spend his life making loans. The land beckoned to him.

In 1944, John Sordi, after deciding to leave the bank and go into farming full time, began to put together the Sordi ranch that exists today...


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