Archive for the ‘Napa Valley’ Category

Jun 26, 2018

The Napa Valley Wine Industry Has A Big Problem On Its Hands

The results of Napa Valley’s recent electoral battle to determine the future of farming here are officially in: Measure C failed and reason prevailed. But not by much. It’s absolutely clear, based on the Measure C campaign and the results, that a good percentage of Napa County residents believe that the wine industry here needs, in some way, to be reined in. The proponents of the failed measure, and surely a number of those who voted for the Measure C,…

Jun 5, 2018

Leaving Wine Country and the High Cost of Success

Wow…talk about being a victim of success: “Forty-six percent of Bay Area residents surveyed said they are likely to move out of the region in the next few years — up from 40 percent last year and 34 percent in 2016, according to a poll released Sunday by business-backed public policy advocacy group the Bay Area Council. The numbers show a disturbing trend in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets: Workers desperate for a better quality of life…

Jun 4, 2018

An Environmentalist Explains Why Measure C is Bad for Napa Valley

I don’t usually publish articles by others here at Fermentation. However, given the election tomorrow and given the importance of explaining exactly why Measure C needs to be defeated and given the authority of Susan Boswell‘s voice, this commentary from the Napa Valley vintner needs to be heard: _______________________________________________ An Environmentalist Voting No on Measure C Why? Through my involvement as a former chair and currently a member of the Watershed Information and Conservation Council, a member of the board…

Jun 4, 2018

The Underpriced Wines of Napa Valley

Many in the wine industry believe that Napa Valley’s price/quality ratio is out of whack; that Napa Valley wines are overpriced. It is possible that these folks are all wrong? Or at least partially wrong? Is it possible that Napa Valley wine is under priced or a value? This is the contention of John Conover, partner of the Plumpjack Group, which owns the Napa Valley estates Plumpjack, Cade and Odette. In an interview with Daniel Marsteller of Shanken News Daily…

Jun 1, 2018

Myth Busting—Napa Wine Is All About Small, Not Corporate

Let’s get to the heart of the biggest lie told about Napa Valley and its wine industry: It is controlled and made up of a collection of corporate owned and multi-national conglomerates. This is the big lie told by Napa haters and in particular by Mike Hackett and Jim Wilson, the authors of Measure C, which will be voted on June 5th and, if passed, end vineyard development on any land located on the hills of Napa Valley. Hackett and…