It's this same delicious potential that inspired AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife Jean Case, CEO of The Case Foundation, to purchase Early Mountain Vineyards near Charlottesville, VA last year. "The decision wasn't born of, "I like wine, let's go and plant some vines,"" Jean Case explained to me during my recent visit to the region. "Rather, it was born of a passion for all things Virginia." She also shares that she and her husband have a soft spot for tipping points. "We've seen a few tipping points. We've seen them in technology; we've seen them in philanthropy. But it's never one thing that gets you there," admits Case. "We might have a slog here in Virginia, but we're prepared for that."