Archive for the Tag 'Napa Valley'

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Gentrifying Robs More Than Land in Napa Valley

It eliminates heart and soul… I’m still thinking about “Napa Valley Beyond the Fires, Small Family Farms Are Bureaucratically Being Squeezed Out.” Lots of people who are well-to-do, become land barons. It’s where the money naturally goes, building castles in the sky; and Napa is where everyone into glamour wants a piece of the pie… […]

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Napa Valley Beyond the Fires, Small Family Farms Are Bureaucratically Being Squeezed Out

In the event you’ve not heard about this grassroots effort, here it is again, as we wonder so much about Napa Valley these days… SAVE THE FAMILY FARMS “Save the Family Farms” is a group of owner-occupied grape growers, who make wine in Napa Valley and classify ourselves as “micro-producers.” We are small operations and […]

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News from Aratas Wine of Napa Valley ~ It speaks to our collective sadness

We’re all suffering in Napa and Sonoma valleys… There are a myriad of reasons; from absorbing toxic ash from “some other place” this time, to having been evacuated and praying for about a week to learn if your home is still standing, to getting home and having some damage, to getting back to an empty […]

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Heartwarming Wines ~ I’m Going for The Reds ~ Part 2

I’ve written about winter white wines, in Winter Wonderland Whites: Think Wine, Regionality, Food, and Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino. I also want to pay homage to winter reds as Heartwarming Wines, because they just are. National Heart Month is February, as you probably remember. Focusing on reds now, most especially, is very evocative for anything […]

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All of the Rutherford Dust Society Landholding Members are Now Active in the Napa Green Land Program

ANDRÉ TCHELISTCHEFF said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet.” This has not been missed, but those who love, grow, make, and enjoy drinking Napa Valley Cabernets. The perfect location for a perfect American Cabernet. If you don’t believe that yet, look up land prices. [All photos are copy written by Jo ‘Diaz. All […]

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Charles Krug Winery ~ An American Dynasty of the Best Kind

When I first came to California, I had solid PR credentials. With 11 years in WBLM radio broadcasting as their publicist, I knew all about radio broadcasting and not only creating, but also keeping their public file. What I didn’t have was the slightest knowledge about wine. Still, I was ready to take it on. […]

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Misleading Move to Monetize Historic Legacy in the Famed Napa Valley?

Perhaps a bit late to the party, but an issue that’s still near and dear to my heart, having worked and walked in Mondavi’s To-Kalon Vineyard. During that time, I was aware that we, at Robert Mondavi, were sharing that vineyard land with other wine companies, too, under contracts. When I heard that Constellation brands […]

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Long Time Coming Story ~ Castello di Amorosa

It seems like so long ago, from now, when I visited Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, Napa Valley, on a whim. My husband Jose and I had just attended a media tasting for a Rutherford Dust event, and I decided that I wanted to not pass by Castello di Amorosa, as I had so many […]

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The Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ Half a Day’s Worth and I Was Running to My Computer

This is a wine blog, not a trade magazine, so my take of Wine Business Monthly’s ~  Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ is really that of being a fly on the wall, not to get the best investment strategy. The room  was full of economists, not my average American wine clients or audience. I had to really shift my thinking […]

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Napa Valley Vintner Stuart Smith Supporting “No On C” with a Blog Devoted to Preservation

Stuart Smith has gathered in depth background materials for “No On C and Napa County’s environment” at www.stopmeasurec.com. The Webpage opens with what’s most concerning for this measure: “Because Measure C was created in secret, the only public airing of the Measure has been mailings, street signs, ads and letters to our local newspapers.  Even […]