Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Apr 4, 2016

Building A Wall Around Napa and Making THEM Pay

The Nimby movement in Napa County is quickly becoming a laughing-stock. And there is good reason for this all too common response. Consider this tidbit written by Dan Mufson of Napa Vision 2050, the Chief Nimbyist organization: “Napa’s resident-based agricultural economy is dying. It is quickly being replaced by a corporate-based tourism economy. Willful ignorance is never a pretty thing. However, it is a desperate thing and that is the only possible explanation for this most ignorant of statements. Shall…

Jan 11, 2016

To Napa’s Wine Critics: Shame On You!

Ever the observant reporter, Blake Gray has written at Wine Searcher about the move afoot among some in Napa Valley to punish the wine industry for its success; to attempt to roll back the current impact that visitors to Napa are having on the quality of life for locals. Blake’s article deals primarily with recommendations of a special “growth” commission and whether any of its recommendations limiting winery growth ought to apply retroactively to wineries with existing privileges based on…

Dec 21, 2015

And There Was Joy In WineVille!

An absolutely wonderful development should make both denizens and visitors to Napa Valley really really happy. Joyful, even. It was announced today that an outpost of the great New York jazz club, Blue Note, will be opening in downtown Napa. Assuming that the new venue will be bringing some of the same kinds of talent that shows up at the famed NY club, then devotees of great music should be in heaven! Add Blue Note Napa to the city’s other…

Oct 26, 2015

Critics of The Napa Valley Wine Industry Are Losing Badly

There is now and has been for some time, a very serious debate occurring in Napa Valley. On the face of it the debate appears to be over the issue of growth, the Valley’s ability to sustain its essentially rural nature and the role the wine industry plays in both. Committees have been formed. Government is involved. Community groups have coalesced. Opinion pieces and letters have been written. Recommendations have been made. Action is set to be taken. Based on…

Oct 18, 2015

Why Oregon is the Most Dynamic Wine Region in America

Last week Nancy Keates investigated the Oregon wine industry for the Wall Street Journal. In general, the article profiled a number of folks who have spent lots of money building wineries, building homes in Oregon wine country and generally gentrifying their way to happiness and profit. However, buried in this story was a fascinating factoid: in 2014 the number of wineries in Oregon increased by 12% to 676. That’s HUGE! I don’t know how the figure was derived, but let’s…