Archive for the ‘Napa Valley’ Category

Dec 5, 2017

Top Ten Wine News Stories of 2017

Wine News in 2017 was big and varied. Lots of big changes and big events. Some of it was predictable. Other news, well not so predictable. Here are my Top 10 Wine News Stories of 2017. They are not presented in any order of importance and they tend to focus in part on California’s wine industry. WINE COUNTRY FIRES DEVASTATE The fires scarred everyone in Napa and Sonoma. The land will recover, but the personal, economic, and psychological toll will…

Nov 29, 2017

The Enemies of Napa Valley Wine Come Out of the Closet

In an earlier post concerning an effort here in Napa Valley to prevent any more plantings of vineyards anywhere but on the Valley floor, I claimed that the proponents of the Oak Woodlands initiative had a hidden agenda they were not talking about. I was right. In a recent letter to the Napa Valley Register, the author of the Oak Woodland Initiative, Mike Hackett, noted that the Initiative “represents a step in the right direction.” Not the solution to a…

Nov 21, 2017

A Trumpian Approach to Dismantling the Napa Wine Industry

It reminds me of the proposed Trump Tax Reform Proposal working its way around Washington, DC. The Napa Valley Oak Woodlands Initiative, now having signatures gathered for its placement on the June 2018 Napa County ballot, will provide a heavy-handed solution to a problem that does not exist. In an age when income and wealth inequality is at near historic highs, are the wealthiest and most powerful 1% in such dire straights that we need to give them huge tax…

Oct 30, 2017

The Unhinged Anti-Wine Brigade Is Out in Force in Napa

They say, if they are coming at you, you must be doing something right. I don’t think the anonymous author of the email below had that axiom in mind when they penned and sent this classic today in response to a recent post here at Fermentation: You are an idiot, Mr. Wark. And a toole (sic). Those “unhinged alarmists” you denigrate in your story understand what is happening to the Napa Valley. The corporate stooges that make up this Valley’s “industry”…

Oct 29, 2017

The Exploitation of the Napa Fires Has Begun — Already

A lot has been learned in a short time since the massive fires hit wine country. We learned just how completely a community can pull together. We’ve learned how generous neighbors can be. But I have to say, there was one lesson that was unexpected: It’s never too soon to exploit a tragedy for your own agenda. In a recent Napa Register article concerning a very controversial proposed “Oak Woodland Initiative”, one of the authors of the initiative thought it was…