By Doug Shafer
Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence at the present time as one of many best wine areas on this planet, the e-book starts with the winery’s shaky begin and takes the reader in the course of the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar mess ups, neighborhood politics, altering patron tastes, and the volatility of nature itself. Doug Shafer tells the tale of his personal schooling, in addition to Shafer Vineyards’ cutting edge efforts to be environmentally sustainable, its position in spearheading the designation of a Stags jump American Viticultural quarter, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.
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I had several surprises the following summer when he rehired me. Well, I guess the ﬁ rst surprise was that he rehired me. Beyond that, though, I realized that he actually seemed to like me (by now he’d nicknamed me “Professor”) and that under his rhino hide was a sweet, decent 44 / A Vineyard in Napa guy. One afternoon I was inside a fermentation tank, cleaning it out, and for some reason the small, round door swung shut. I panicked. ” It was Hanns’s idea of an affectionate prank. ” Years later I took my young children, Katie, Kevin, and Stephen, up to Kornell just to say hi.
The roadway ended at a collection of odd little buildings, dominated by the partadobe, part-stone house with a red tile roof. The rest were creaky-looking outbuildings. Beyond these structures, however, was an incredible sight—massive green hillsides shot through here and there with craggy, thrusting bedrock. And blocking out nearly half of the eastern sky stood towering cliffs called the Stags Leap Palisades. When I’d imagined California, I’d thought of beaches, dune buggies, and oiled, bronzed skin.
We were still taking that in when the next sprinkler head down the line ﬁ red into the air. Then another. And another and another. All the way down the line. Pow, pow, pow— sprinkler heads across the vineyard soared into the air like ﬁreworks. A Vineyard in Napa / 41 The sprinkler consultant had used the wrong pressure valves, and the whole thing came apart before our eyes. ” The ﬁnal kicker came a couple of years later when Dad realized that we didn’t need an overhead sprinkler system at all. First, he learned, since the vines were on a hillside they don’t need frost protection.
A Vineyard in Napa by Doug Shafer