At 17 years old, when a B-26 bomber crashes on your farm 200 yards from your house and you find an airman’s body at the site, it’s an event you never forget.
At 17 years old, when a B-26 bomber crashes on your farm 200 yards from your house and you find an airman's body at the site, it's an event you never forget. And this family never did. Fifty-three years later, they reach out to the crash survivors and recall the events of that fateful day, today known as "The Crash."
Howie Steinbeck, the teen who found the crash victim, is now a well-respected, grape-growing legend in Paso Robles, California and the current patriarch of the family that is traced back a total of seven generations of farmers. He and his daughter, Cindy, reflect on their humble beginnings and each generation's contribution in continuing the family's heritage…from coming to America to escape war-torn Europe in search of a better life to moving to California's central coast and establishing a entire community; as grape-growers in the 1880s; then as struggling barley and cattle farmers in the 1970s to becoming a successful winery and wine brand owners today.
The story documents the family's passion for bringing people together, their dedication to growing and sustaining their 520-acre vineyard, and their own way of showing gratitude for their freedom and all who serve in defense of this country.