I’m finding this job to be extraordinarily challenging 😆
If the IG stories didn’t give it away, I’m having a pretty great week. We capped our incredible day off with an epic sunset at BOND in #Oakville with the ever lovely @napagould who welcomed us with open arms and a glass of Krug. 🥂 Proper. Getting the new team acclimated to #NapaValley was top priority before we hit the floor running on Feb 5 @pressnapavalley (Yup, a TUESDAY - hope to see you all there!). But as much as we take our jobs very seriously, we also have quite a bit of fun in the process. As I’ve said, our relationship with this valley is EVERYTHING to us - and we only seek to strengthen & intensify that. Our 1st stop today to @staglinfamilyvineyard was my 1st time visiting the property. I was blown away by the care & concern they have for the farming practices which have been #organic since the early 2000’s. @sstaglin toured us around the #vineyard , noting some of the adaptations made in the #vineyard to account for a warming climate. After spending the evening chatting about climate change & the potential impact it could have on the valley, it was comforting to learn that some provisions are already in place (@danpetroski 🙏🏻👍) We received the royal treatment including a full rundown of oak regime with winemaker Fredrik Johansson and were treated to 🌮, back vintages, & their teeny tiny production Stagliano rosé - yummm.
As we headed up to Bond, I realized that despite it being my 3rd time there - I’d never really seen it on a clear day. I discovered as Scott pointed out the literal forest and ravines that surrounded us that once upon a time that’s ALL that existed where we stood. Crazy as it seems now, that property once existed only in an imagination. Fascinated by the vision & decision making under opacity that exists in this world, I walked around & wished I could absorb just the teeniest amount of courage it took to make the impossible, possible.
I left with a newfound appreciation for 2 places and #wines I thought I already knew & the resounding feeling that once again - We can always learn more. .
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