Archive for the ‘Napa Valley’ Category

Apr 9, 2018

Donald Trump and the Future of Napa Valley

As the June election cycle grows closer, I am becoming more and more pessimistic about the chances of rational, science-based arguments saving Napa Valley from taking its first step in rolling back agriculture in the industry, rolling back the economic engine of Napa Valley and rolling back jobs in the Valley. This is the ultimate goal of those who are asking Napa County citizens to approve Measure C. If passed, Measure C would forever prohibit any vineyard planting in areas…

Mar 7, 2018

Wine, Napa, Hyperbole and the Adorable James Conaway

It’s hard to argue with James Conaway, the writer and essayist who recently savaged the culture of Napa Valley and many of its inhabitants in a piece he penned for The Atlantic. It’s hard to do this because I like James so much, respect him tremendously and marvel at his writing skills. But it’s because he does know that I respect him that I’m sure he’ll take the following critique of his hyperbolic, unfair and somewhat sloppy Atlantic article in…

Mar 6, 2018

Liar, Liar Pants On Fire: Napa Valley Wine Edition

It’s important to give credit where credit is due. And I’m willing to do that. It’s very impressive that it only took 1 week for the proponents of the Napa Oak Woodlands Initiative (Measure C) to begin blatantly lying to the Napa community in their support of the initiative that would ban planting of vineyards anywhere in the hills and mountains surrounding the Valley. In support of the contentious initiative headed to the June Ballot, members of the Watershed and…

Feb 1, 2018

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

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…