By Doug Shafer
Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence this present day as one of many most sensible wine areas on the planet, the ebook starts off with the winery’s shaky commence and takes the reader in the course of the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar failures, neighborhood politics, altering customer tastes, and the volatility of nature itself. Doug Shafer tells the tale of his personal schooling, in addition to Shafer Vineyards’ leading edge efforts to be environmentally sustainable, its position in spearheading the designation of a Stags jump American Viticultural zone, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.
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Heintz, California’s Napa Valley: One Hundred Sixty Years of Wine Making (San Francisco, CA: Scottwall Associates, 1999), 121. A Vineyard in Napa / 23 on a load of grapes, thrashing him into near-lifelessness with a shovel. 6 While numerous colorful stories and key records survive from this period, no one today knows the origins of the name Stag’s Leap. According to a story that’s been handed down for generations, a band of hunters long ago were closing in on a stag that eluded them by leaping from one crag on the palisades to the next.
Martini was a big guy with a broad forehead and a big smile, a quintessential product of the Golden State in its prime, all conﬁdence, who’d grown up around crush pads and grapevines. I’m sure he and Dad hit it off for all kinds of reasons—in part because Louis had also been in the Army Air Corps in World War II and in part because he was just an engaging guy. His father, Louis M. 3 Martini did not need the Romans to tell him there was something special about a hillside vineyard. He was clear on the difference between what you got on a hillside and what you got on the Valley ﬂoor.
Second, as a grape grower, Dad’s income was tied to how much he’d get paid per ton of fruit. Besides being popular with consumers then, Zinfandel clusters tended to be big and heavy, which translated into a few extra dollars when you weighed and then sold your load at harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon, meanwhile, seemed risky. Conventional wisdom at the time held that the Stags Leap area was too cool for Cabernet. We got excellent midday heat in summer, but with the northernmost tip of San Francisco Bay just eighteen miles away, afternoon and evening breezes delivered a consistent chill in the late-day air, even in July and August.
A Vineyard in Napa by Doug Shafer