As a Los Angeles Kings’ player, everything was about wins and losses, and even though this intense competition was extremely rewarding, I realized after retiring from the NHL that wine offered me something that was very different, but just as fulfilling. A games’ final score can be so “black and white,” and while wine is scored and rated, it is the many various intangible rewards that I have grown to love. Wine is about the art, the process and the creation, as much as it is about the results. It brings the day-to-day challenge of striving for the best but also offers the artistic element of working alongside Mother Nature. Wine’s intrigue is so encompassing that I literally can’t wait for the next chance to create something special. As co-founder of Patiné Cellars, I actively manage the daily business operations including the direction of sales, marketing and production, as well as working closely with winemaker Mike Smith on all winemaking decisions. Jim played 10 years (1908-90) with the Los Angeles Kings and is still the 10th leading point scorer in Kings’ history. Since retiring in 1990, Jim has served as the Kings’ TV Analyst on FOX Sports West.