By Doug Shafer
Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence at the present time as one of many most sensible wine areas on the planet, the e-book starts off with the winery’s shaky begin and takes the reader in the course of the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar mess ups, neighborhood politics, altering client tastes, and the volatility of nature itself. Doug Shafer tells the tale of his personal schooling, in addition to Shafer Vineyards’ cutting edge efforts to be environmentally sustainable, its function in spearheading the designation of a Stags jump American Viticultural region, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.
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And another and another. All the way down the line. Pow, pow, pow— sprinkler heads across the vineyard soared into the air like ﬁreworks. A Vineyard in Napa / 41 The sprinkler consultant had used the wrong pressure valves, and the whole thing came apart before our eyes. ” The ﬁnal kicker came a couple of years later when Dad realized that we didn’t need an overhead sprinkler system at all. First, he learned, since the vines were on a hillside they don’t need frost protection. The frost zone exists in low-lying valleys and depressions in the valley ﬂoor, not at higher elevations.
Fixing this took weeks of hauling soil back up the hill. Unfortunately, we had quite a run of hard luck after acting on what we had hoped was good advice. 38 / A Vineyard in Napa Mid-1970s: An early hillside planting on the Shafer estate. Early on, knowing that we needed a well, Dad hired a geologist who surveyed the property and advised him to drill near the tiny streambed of Chase Creek, which meanders through our property. The welldrilling company came out and dutifully punched a hole in the earth and discovered a water source that produced a meager four gallons per minute.
My memories are ﬁlled with water ﬁghts, sleepovers, ping-pong on the front porch, 12 / A Vineyard in Napa Shafer family home on Oak Street in Hinsdale, Illinois. catching ﬁreﬂies, and watching Dad and his friends practice chip shots and knock back gin and tonics on the lawn. There were always one or two black labs in the mix. During the school year, we beneﬁted from Dad’s career, which bridged education and salesmanship. In the bedroom I shared with my brothers, Dad created a system of sliding blackboards.