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Joan Smith
March 30, 2012 | Joan Smith

"Ah, The Times They Are A Changed"


Sound familiar?  We’ve all heard that phrase a lot lately. 

Our first vintage of wine  at our former winery, La Jota Vineyard Co was 1982.  That was the time when those of us living in Napa Valley knew most of the brands, not anymore.

If you are old enough to remember, California wines at that time were a step child to the French. There were few Italian wines, a few Spanish, hardly any South American and very few Australian/New Zealand wines!  No Two Buck Chuck, either!  Wine Spectator was a newspaper print ”rag” and a new guy by the name of Robert Parker had just appeared  on the scene.  Yes, how times have changed!

The quality has gotten better and the wines different, no more “gritty” tannins!  As  Bill and I look back we feel we have witnessed real change in the wine industry from the way wines are produced and marketed.  Internet sales have changed the face of selling. I used to be able to make an appointment with the restaurant wine buyer or retail shop . Now you need to email and get on a waiting list for an appointment and then text to confirm when you do get an appointment! Oh well!

Wine will always be a beverage of choice and enjoyment.  After all, it’s been around for over 2000 years.  I wish I  had a crystal ball to see the future!  Do you have any ideas what that might be?

Joan Smith

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM
Joan Smith
July 14, 2011 | Joan Smith

... A 2 Minute Tour of Our Fabulous New Tasting Room in Calistoga!

It’s been about two years since we first opened a tasting room in Calistoga. We’ve loved having a spot to meet and greet our fans from near and far after many years without that opportunity. But now we’re going bigger and better – What’s the saying?- Go Big or Go Home!!

We’re thrilled to have T’Anne, our terrific multi-talented daughter, show you around our new spot at 1367 Lincoln Avenue -right on the main drag through town. She’ll be happy to host you in person so come on by and settle in at our bar or in our window nook to taste some or all of our new releases. You simply can’t miss us! 



Time Posted: Jul 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Joan Smith
May 12, 2009 | Joan Smith

Our Annual Mother's Day Brunch at the Winery

We had a great time with everybody on Saturday. It was a little gusty but there was a lot of warmth to go around. Everyone got to try their hand at sampling 2010 Saltonstall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from our Estate Vineyard on Howell Mountain out of barrel. The few kids we had there had a blast including the two that climbed inside one of our tanks. We look forward to sharing many more of our events with you through this new blog.


Time Posted: May 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM