What Have the Smothers Brothers Done Since Retiring?


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Since retiring from "The Smothers Brothers" in 2010, Tommy Smothers has been operating Remick Ridge Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley in California while his brother Dick is continuing in comedy with his "A Minute with Dickie Smothers." Tommy selected the site of the vineyards with his grandfather, Ed Rimick and changed the name from Smothers Brothers to Rimick Ridge so consumers would take the wine seriously.

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Tommy established the vineyards in 1977. It contains 50 acres of cabernet sauvignon as of 2015. It produces 500 cases of wine annually using only grapes it grows on the property. In 1985, he built a wine tasting room on Highway 12 in Kenwood and named it The Wine Room. It currently houses six premium Sonoma County wineries. Tommy compares winemaking to his show business career, where people either like the product or they do not.

Dick markets his 60- to 90-second comedy segments to local television stations to show as a part of their news programs. In these segments, he provides insights and strategies to help viewers deal with life. He also appears in meet-and-greet appearances for television stations, advertisers and supporters. Dick accepts engagements as a comedy speaker for keynote addresses, conventions and retreats. His topics include subjects for senior adults, finding inspiration and using humor to overcome obstacles in life.

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