The rain will arrive today. At Pina Vineyard Management, the troops have been working hard and putting in long hours to get the grapes harvested before the rains come. It has been a very difficult farming year for Napa Valley grape farmers. Mother Nature has not been cooperative, but even so, we're wrapping up harvest. Tuesday night, Mother Nature dealt us another blow. Winds were responsible for causing a fire that burned down a house in the Soda Canyon area of the Silverado Trail. Efforts to contain the fire involved over 100 firefighters and many of those firefighters are volunteers with jobs in the wine industry.
My brother, Davie, was one of them. He had worked a long day and was at home when the call came in @ 8:30 PM for the fire. As tired as he was, he got dressed and headed out. He went to the Rutherford Volunteer Firemen's sub-station (about a half mile North of his house) and drove the Water Tender Firetruck to the fire. The water tender is one of the two firetrucks that was parked at Pina Napa Valley for several years (Hence, our Firehouse vineyard/label). He was released from the fire at 3:45 AM on Wednesday. Later that day, a KGO film crew caught up to him to record a very brief soundbite.
The interview might have lasted a bit longer if Davie hadn't told them he just didn't have the time. He still had grapes in the field that needed to go to a winery.
On this site, I intend to tell a few stories, share some family and Napa Valley history and maybe even educate a bit.
As a partner in Pina Cellars, I will write about wine and winery topics. As an employee of Pina Vineyard Management, I will write about vineyard topics. And occasionally, I will write about something unrelated to anything mentioned above.