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If business can't sell, Water 2 Wine will go dry

Fans of Water 2 Wine, you'll want to visit the custom winery in Clovis by the end of the month. For if owners Shauna and Dan Miller can't sell the shop by April 30, they'll shut it down.

"When we bought this business, it was supposed to be my husband's," Shauna Miller says. "He wanted to retire and run this."

The couple opened the franchise in August 2008, establishing the business while Dan Miller continued his career as a helicopter pilot.

Water 2 Wine became known in the central San Joaquin Valley for small-lot wines with custom labels. It stocks more than 100 wines with grapes from 13 countries, and all the wine is made on site.

The Millers also let customers make their own wines on site. They walked them through the entire process -- from selecting the right mix of crushed grapes to designing custom labels.

Then the couple learned their son, a helicopter pilot in the Army, was expecting a child. Priorities shifted; the Millers wanted to retire completely so the couple can spend more time with their son and his family, who live in Kentucky.

"We've been talking about it for quite awhile," Shauna Miller says. "We got a business broker when we found out the kids were pregnant."

The Millers are selling the business for about $125,000-$150,000, she says, depending on stock. The price includes the store and all of the equipment. Clients include walk-in customers and wholesale accounts.

"It's a great opportunity," Shauna Miller says. "The investment is so low, and we own everything here. There are no leases on equipment."

As their ownership winds down, the Millers are selling all wine for 20% off.

Still in stock are popular wines such as pomegranate zinfandel, cranberry chianti and cabernet from Red Mountain, Washington.

Water 2 Wine is at the Sierra Pavilions Shopping Center, Sunnyside and Shaw avenues in Clovis. For more information, call (559) 299-1333.

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