Immigration Attorney or Wine Maker?

July 6, 2015 2:40 pm
by David Jakeman

What do you think is harder? Navigating the challenge of U.S. immigration law or creating a successful winemaking business? Well, according to one New Haven immigration attorney, building a wine company is much more difficult, but perhaps it tastes better most of the time. Carlos Candal has begun to make his mark in the wine scene, and many have started to take notice.

Wine Making or Immigration Law

For Carlos, building a wine-making company from the ground up ended up being much more difficult than getting his law practice started. Founding his immigration law firm was built on his ability to find his own clients and build his reputation through providing good legal services. In a way, he had great control over the production and distribution of his product.

Not so with his wine company. Carlos found that he had to rely on many other people to get the job done. Coordinating everyone—whether those working on the vineyard to ensure the grapes grew perfectly or trying to learn from past efforts to make each vintage even better—ended up being a much more difficult task. And there is always the challenge of logistics. Carlos found he had to work hard to make sure everything went right, from getting wine bottles from Chile to New Jersey without breaking any, or finding the right distributors and sales staff to build market share.

An Activist to Boot

Beyond Carlos’ two primary business ventures, he has also been an activist, pushing for licenses that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive. Such “drive-only” licenses were approved by the Connecticut state legislature in 2013, a major coup for Carlos and others looking to improve the lot of undocumented immigrants throughout the state.

Immigration law can be stressful, but it sounds like running a wine making business can be just as difficult as well. Carlos’ company has begun to see its distribution spread much further as his wine has gained popularity for its fun brand and serious wine. Building a successful immigration law firm takes a lot of work.1 It takes someone who is pretty driven to make another successful venture into the competitive and crowded wine selling market.

One can trust Carlos will not drink too much wine while processing his clients’ immigration papers, but perhaps he has opened a few bottles to celebrate some of his clients’ victories. But no matter how good the wine might be, there is probably nothing sweeter than seeing a client find a way to stay in the United States with their family and build a more stable future for themselves. But it doesn’t take a winemaking immigration attorney to tell you that.


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