I came to Napa in 1981 to learn about wine, working the crush at Beringer, followed by 6 years as a bartender in Calistoga at the now defunct Silverado Restaurant and Tavern. They had the best wine list in the valley, and they organized tastings every week attended by the winemakers. At this position, I was able to taste 50-60 wines a week and learn about how and why wine tastes as it does. In 1987, I opened Trilogy Restaurant in St. Helena with two friends and was in charge of buying and selling wines. In 1991, sold my share in Trilogy and went to work at Domaine Chandon for 6 years as a server and wine buyer. In 1997, I became the manager and wine director at Terra in St. Helena, where I served for 12 years. I retired in 2008 to Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama, lived there for 4 years, then moved to the mountains of Ecuador, at the city of Cuenca, living there for a year. In 2014, I returned to my hometown of Milo, Iowa, to help my mother continue to live in her house for as long as possible. I was there for about 8 months. Then I traveled to China, Europe, Colombia, Caribbean, and Napa Valley visiting friends all along the way. When Nancy emailed me and said they would need a little help, I could not think of a better place to be for awhile.
During Prohibition followed by the Great Depression
many families moved away and abandoned
their vineyards and prune orchards. Following the
Great Depression, the farmland
on spring mountain
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