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COVER STORY | #WineDream, Naperville Couple Shares on Endeavor of a Lifetime


The “Stay at Home Order” can provide just the right amount of time for most to sit back and reflect on their life while also projecting future goals. It can allow one to ask the question, “am I living every day to its fullest – following my dreams – remembering life is truly short”?

Mary Roy and Bob Covert are both physicians with long careers in Naperville. They have six kids; all Benet Academy graduates with successful careers. They lived full-time in Naperville from 1995-2015 where Mary owned and managed Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging near White Eagle. Bob is a Neonatologist still working every few weeks in the Edward Neonatal ICU, a member of DuPage Neonatology Associates, and has been Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU, caring for critically ill babies at Edward Hospital since 1996.

About 10 years ago, Mary and Bob were considering their future in retirement and received a brochure in the mail advertising an online program in Winemaking and Viticulture, and next thing they knew they were imagining the real possibility of carving out a niche in wine country as their own.

After a two-year exhaustive search for the perfect property, they found their dream in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California and purchased it in 2013, subsequently building a wine cave, tasting room, greenhouse and gardens, and ultimately transforming the site into the most charming winery in Northern California named Capo Creek.

Mary and Bob began producing wine and revitalized the vineyard with organic techniques, new vine plantings, modern irrigation, soil amendments, beneficial cover crops, and bluebird boxes and opened their wine cave in 2017 and the Winery Tasting Room in 2018.

Capo Creek has now become a hidden-gem wine destination known for its unique and private wine and food experiences with tours. When COVID-19 hit, they began offering virtual tasting experiences, where all their Illinois west suburban friends, and those from other states, could join an online interactive food and wine tasting, as well as WINE BINGO.

The Capo logo reflects a lifestyle that intersects love, laughter, sunshine, music and of course, great wine……and is a simple reminder to everyone to follow your dreams and live life fully because you never know when the world will stop as we know it.

-Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted


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