We Staglins are a family that enjoys wine and cares deeply about philanthropy. Each person in our family, Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, works together to make our motto, “great wines for great causes,” a reality. The wine we make is a not only a passion in itself but also a means to make the world a better place.
Our motto is easy to understand when you look at our family roots, in the farmlands of America and Italy. Shari’s parents, DeEtta Derscheid and Allen King, grew up on farms in South Dakota, and taught Shari and her big sister LeAlyn to give life their best and depend on their own good judgment. Shari, born in 1945, enjoyed exploring the rows of corn on their grandparents’ farm as a little girl and singing at church and other local functions. Shari’s mom encouraged her to sing and to keep music a part of her life—“I was this little girl with this huge voice,” Shari remembers. She was lucky enough to live near the world’s only Corn Palace, where she and her family went to the musical Corn Palace Festival each fall. These traditions helped inspire our first Music Festival for Mental Health at harvest time.