Underground Sonoma

Underground Sonoma

My favorite wine event are small wine event. I don’t mean small venues. I mean a smaller number of wineries; a manageable number of wineries; a number small enough that you can spend time with them all. It’s also a bonus if you are talking about wineries that are small, minimal production, hands-on, newish wineries. That’s why I’m bringing your attention to Sonoma Underground. • Fifteen Wineries • February 24, 2-5pm • At Longboard Vineyards in Headsburg, CA • $49 in…

Feb 2, 2018

Getting Your Wine Product and Service Covered By the Media: Four Words

Getting Your Wine Product and Service Covered By the Media: Four Words

There are a number of types of compliments that professional publicists appreciate most. Among them is the one I received the other day from a wine writer: “That was just about the best story pitch I’ve received in years.” I showed that one around. There were a few reasons the pitch was good. It had little to do with the story I was pitching nor with the quality of the client. It had to do with the way the story…

Feb 1, 2018

Napa NIMBY Radicals’ Motives Exposed: Roll Back the Napa Wine Industry

Napa NIMBY Radicals' Motives Exposed: Roll Back the Napa Wine Industry

If anyone in Napa County had any doubt that the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodlands Initiative that will be on the June 2018 ballot is meant to penalize and stop the Napa Valley wine industry and not to “protect” water, oak woodlands or anything else, all you need to do is listen to what the initiative’s author had to say at a recent Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting the need for more information about the initiative was discussed….

Jan 22, 2018

Saving Napa from The Knownothings by Getting To The Heart Of The Matter

Saving Napa from The Knownothings by Getting To The Heart Of The Matter

Getting to the heart of the matter isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. We often talk around the central point or never quite put our finger on what the important question is. So, when you see the point—the real point—illustrated, it is instructive. Stu Smith, owner of Smith-Madrone Winery in Napa, recently got to the heart of the matter of the upcoming Oak Woodlands Agriculture Restriction Initiative that will be on the ballot in Napa County in…

Jan 12, 2018

Napa Valley Vintners Announce Opposition to Flawed Oak Woodland Initiative

Napa Valley Vintners Announce Opposition to Flawed Oak Woodland Initiative

The Napa Valley Vintners recently announced to their membership on Thursday that they will be opposing the upcoming Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative of 2018. This is very good news, very wise and a boost to the opposition to a seriously flawed, unnecessary and punitive undertaking. In addition to announcing to their membership that they will oppose the initiative, the Napa Vintners noted that they “prepared to put resources toward an opposition campaign and formed a task force that…