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settling in Gilroy. Their first wines were made for family consump- tion, then shared with friends. Soon the friends told them they should start up a winery. “Satori” gets its name from the SA in Sandy, the TO in Tom, and the RI in Riley. Sandy doesn’t think as much about where she came from as she does about where she is today. When she became pregnant she joined the local Las Madras group for young mothers, which helped her get to know other young moms in the community. Riley attended Mt. Madonna School and then went on to Monte Vista School in Corralitos. She studied Yoga and took classes from a teacher in Hawaii, where she returns regularly for refresher courses. She is a Yoga instructor at Yoga Bella and sometimes holds classes at their home. Both Tom and Sandy like Gilroy and appreciate its proximity to the Bay Area, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. They see down- town Gilroy’s great potential and feel the city is moving in the right direction. Plus, Morgan Hill is only minutes away. Welcoming visitors to the winery, the Mollers have met friendly, down to earth people from all walks of life. People who, like Tom and Sandy, appreciate the wonderful valley that we live in. As I wrote this story, Tom and Sandy were right in the middle of the 2016 grape harvest, and I’m sure, on their way to producing a new year of medal-winning wines. By the way, at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, they received seven medals. And that’s how sweet life can be for Gilroy folks in their fifties. Sandy & Tom Moller GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 gmhtoday.com 31