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Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Given the dismal quality of history education these days, and the even more dismal state of discourse on this subject beyond pop trivia, it is likely most people will commemorate the end of World War One by going to the mall for a “Veterans’ Day Sale.” After 100 years, silent film herky-jerky images belie the bloody reality of it. The century since has been no picnic either.

Measure C Will Have Chilling Effect on Napa’s Agricultural Economy

Measure C Will Have Chilling Effect on Napa’s Agricultural Economy

Measure C, the “Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative,” is a deeply-flawed, confusing and anti-agricultural land use Initiative that will appear on the June ballot throughout Napa County.

The Trouble with Wine Dinners – Straitjackets

The Trouble with Wine Dinners – Straitjackets

This will probably tick someone off in the hospitality trade, whether eatery or winery. As few nuggets of avuncular counsel go but misconstrued, this advice considers the prix fixe special wine dinner at your favorite leave the children at home restaurant.

Long-Time Napa Valley Vintners and Growers Enthusiastically Support Measure C

Long-Time Napa Valley Vintners and Growers Enthusiastically Support Measure C

Napa County is the wine-producing haven it is today because of forward-looking protections put in place by local leaders half a century ago. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve, which protects farming – including winemaking – as the highest and best use of most of the land on the valley floor, we feel a keen responsibility to protect this way of life for future generations.

Another War in Stags Leap

Another War in Stags Leap

by Monty Preiser Almost as if they had seen our recent story explaining the differences, and touching upon the history, of the Stags Leap AVA, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and Stags’ Leap Winery, the present day owners of the two above wineries are crossing swords once again. As you may recall, some years ago Stag’s Leap’s […]

Sonoma’s First Barrel Auction – They Did It Their Way

Sonoma’s First Barrel Auction – They Did It Their Way

by Monty Preiser It is about 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 1. Less than 32 hours ago I began a whirlwind 2 days in the company of some of the world’s most recognized sommeliers, press, vintners, and winemakers as the Sonoma County Vintners (SOCO) presented its First Barrel Auction. The event mirrors in its concept and […]

DTC and Retailers, “Pay the Fine” and Keep Shipping

DTC and Retailers, “Pay the Fine” and Keep Shipping

Hello wine lovers, retailers, wineries and DTC advocates. I awoke this morning to find a disturbing article on winespectator.com about interstate commerce, wine shipping, freedom and our ability to control our own destiny. Maybe that is too much drama, but while the article is fact based, the situation is slanted and otherwise stifling of free […]

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