Those were the dark days of US Prohibition and I guess he was looking for a quick buck in the import business. While shrouded in mystery, the story holds that the feds opened fire followed by a cursory hands up, you're under arrest.
Her name was Louise Richards and she ultimately married the Mean Old White Man at age 28. Prohibition set [winemaking back fifty years and] her love life back a few years as well. Of course, the up side is that without Prohibition, I wouldn't be writing this. Cue the Twilight Zone theme. Or some Eastern music. Or Jim saying that everything happens just exactly as it is supposed to. No. Not that Jim (godfather to my children). This Jim.
Or, you could cue Twilight Zone.
tip of the glass to TWC contributor NoStar. NoSTar & TWC have often broken bread and shared many a bottle of fine red wine in the years to come.