In 1974, Phillip Giurlani, Teresa's first grandson, born to Pat and Paul Giurlani, of Teresa's Restaurant, in Jackson, was working with me on a renovation project in Berkeley, where I was a partner in another restaurant, Chez Panisse.
Insufficiently satisfied by the homemade banana wine that I provided at the end of our workdays, in October, Phillip chose to bring 500 pounds of picture-perfect Amador County Zinfandel grapes to Berkeley, where we promptly turned them into very tasty wine. At the time, I had no real notion of where Amador County was.
Sometime in 1975, I served a glass of this Zinfandel to renowned young connoisseur Darrell Corti, of Sacramento, who was dining with some friends at Chez Panisse. After savoring the aroma of this amateur red wine, Corti slammed his glass on the tabletop, demanding to know where I had obtained it. To my astonishment, he said, "This is an Amador County Zinfandel, and I've never had it before."
Corti's amazing reaction to our wine piqued my interest in the source of the grapes, and I arranged to join Phillip on a visit to Frank Dal Porto's vineyard, just east of Plymouth, on the road to Fiddletown. Enchantment with the area and the people who lived in it sparked a love at first sight. By the end of 1975, I had sold my house in Berkeley and purchased a wondrous 160-acre parcel on Hale Road, where I planted a few Sauvignon Blanc grapevines and began a 12-year stint as a commuting weekend warrior.
By 1987, I had been married to Deborah for five years, and had four-year-old Ginger and two-year-old Bret. Circumstances in our lives dictated the necessity of choosing between our house in the city and our property in Amador. We chose Amador.
In 1990, Larry Carney and Greg Calkins, of C2C Realty, in Jackson, invited me to obtain a real estate license and join their firm, which I did, in July. Some years later, I learned that July of 1990 was recognized as the beginning of a disastrous real estate recession that lasted for a considerable time.
2015 marks the 25th year of maintaining my real estate license, through all the intervening fluctuations. During these 25 years, I've owned and operated a water-bottling business (Aquad'or Spring Water), a Sutter Creek restaurant (Caffe Via d'Oro), and a handyman service (JerryRigger).
A few successful years in real estate came to a screeching halt in 2008, and I found employment as a reporter for the Amador Ledger Dispatch. After a year, I became sports editor, then editor, a position I held until Thanksgiving of 2014.
Century 21 Tri-Dam Realty's broker/owner LaQuita DeMarco has welcomed me into her company, where I'm working with associate broker Keith Des Voignes, at the firm's Jackson office, at 44 Main St.
I'm trusting that the recent resurgence of activity in real estate will afford me an opportunity to help both old friends and new to take important steps to buy or sell property as the needs arise in their lives.
Lived in Community since 1976!
Been In Real Estate since 1982
With Century 21 her entire career.
Calaveras Association of Realtors Board President for 3 terms.
Served as Calaveras Board of Realtor director for 13 years.
California Association Of Realtors Director 5 years.
Served on Forms committee for 5 years at California Association of Realtors.
Served as Professional Standards Chair Person 5 years at Calaveras Association of Realtors.
Serves on Calaveras County Association of Realtors Grievance Committee.
Current Designated Broker and Partner of Firm.
Here to serve your real estate needs with experience, dedication and integrity.
Keith DesVoignes graduated from Sacramento State College in 1971. He entered the real estate field as a Broker in 1976, moving to Amador County in 1978 to join the family business. After running a successful real estate office, he joined with his current partner of over 11 years--Ed Arterbury--to operate the Century 21 franchise in Amador County. He has served as past President of the local Board of Realtors and served for several years as the Board's State Director. Keith has achieved top individual sales awards and obtained Centurion Realtor status four years ago. More importantly, he was awarded the highest Quality Service award that C21 bestows upon individual agents. For Keith, family, church involvement and golf round out a successful career.
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Lived in Area for over 25 years, Raised my children here, now my Grandchildren live in the area. When not working real estate, our family is working on our Cattle Ranch and new Vineyard.