Time marches on, and history unrolls like the rails of a train behind us. Napa has a wonderful history of family-run wineries some of which even stretch back before Prohibition. But for all intents and purposes the modern history of Napa began after Prohibition, with the pioneers of the Forties and Fifties, of which there were few. Into the Sixties and Seventies, however, Napa was still a place where a family could afford to buy a piece of land, settle down, and decide to give grape growing a try.
Many of those families now make up what we think of as the “old guard” of Napa families. Their children grew up in the valley, played in the vineyards, went to school, and as they got older, had the opportunity to decide whether they wanted to become part of the family business. Many did, and in the last couple of decades, ownership and control over many of these wineries has passed to the next generation.
Which is why, I suppose, a talented group of thirty-somethings that happen to now run family winemaking operations in Napa have banded together under the banner of The Next Generation in Wine. Eighteen of them to be precise.
They’re busy charting new courses, or deepening those laid by their parents, and in the process defining a part of the future of Napa wine.
They’re also having a tasting, which you might want to attend if you’re interested in the newness of things, or merely interested in understanding the vision that the “youngsters” have for what Napa wine should taste like. The wineries pouring will be:
Long Meadow Ranch Winery
Bonded Winery #9
Marston Family Vineyard
C. Mondavi & Family
Vineyard 7 & 8
Yates Family Vineyard
Frias Family Vineyard
In addition to wine food and live music will be on offer as well. If you’re in the area, or if you need an excuse to be, I recommend checking this one out.
The 2012 Next Generation in Wine Tasting
Sunday, October 7, 2012
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Napa Wine Company
7830 St. Helena Hwy.
Oakville, CA 94562
Tickets cost $50, and half of that goes to charity. Check out the event details and RSVP for your spot on the web site.. Please don’t drink and drive.