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How Can Small Family Wineries Adapt?
Change and Challenges are part of life.
Life and the wine business are quite different in the Napa Valley now compared to 50 years ago when Summit Lake Vineyards was founded. Heather Griffin and Brian Brakesman join me to discuss the changes, challenges and evolution a small family winery faces. Their experience over 50 years is great to hear and I hope you enjoy!
Website https://www.summitlakevineyards.com/ (https://www.summitlakevineyards.com/)
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SummitlakeVineyard (https://www.facebook.com/SummitlakeVineyard)
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/summitlakevineyards/ (https://www.instagram.com/summitlakevineyards/)
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/summit-lake-vineyards-and-winery-angwin (https://www.yelp.com/biz/summit-lake-vineyards-and-winery-angwin)
Trip Advisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29096-d3600893-Reviews-Summit_Lake_Vineyards_Winery-Angwin_Napa_Valley_California.html (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29096-d3600893-Reviews-Summit_Lake_Vineyards_Winery-Angwin_Napa_Valley_California.html)
Wildfires, Wine Country, Forest Management & Solutions, with Forest Science Expert, Stacy Drury
With the increasing impact of wildfires on our lives, we were very fortunate to welcome Forest Science Expert, Stacy Drury to share his insight and experience.
Coming from a place of deep expertise with decades of passionate study, work and observation, Stacy helps us understand better the natural ecology of forests, the dynamics of human society's interaction with forests and considerations on how we can improve our forest management.
In a world filled with so much "opinion", it was great to dive deep with a real expert.
I really hope you enjoy listening and learning as much as I did.
Stacy Drury, Forest Service: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fs.fed.us%2Fpsw%2Fprograms%2Fff%2Fstaff%2Fsdrury%2Fanddata=04%7C01%7C%7C4c7ce360c16846d42ec608d8ca32a92c%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637481666242201380%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000andsdata=DpgyFcWOf80D1xLaBG7cyODZDaQEI%2Bx%2BRKlx1sI0Avc%3Dandreserved=0 (https://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/ff/staff/sdrury/)
Napa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fncff-cwpp-dms-usa.hub.arcgis.com%2Fanddata=04%7C01%7C%7C4c7ce360c16846d42ec608d8ca32a92c%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637481666242201380%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000andsdata=hj9gLtL2ZLoLFEMYhNppCu3EjIswikZWaA4GUKMZzxA%3Dandreserved=0 (https://ncff-cwpp-dms-usa.hub.arcgis.com/)
Northern California Prescribed Fire Council: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.norcalrxfirecouncil.org%2Fhome.htmlanddata=04%7C01%7C%7C4c7ce360c16846d42ec608d8ca32a92c%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637481666242211333%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000andsdata=R%2FTl7ModT4Vp2swGJEMdHfIAnlm6npsN7Jn%2BuWaEbc0%3Dandreserved=0 (http://www.norcalrxfirecouncil.org/home.html)
The link to the Napa CWPP has a link to the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation.
Two active FireSafe Councils are :
FireSafe Sonoma https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.firesafesonoma.org%2Fanddata=04%7C01%7C%7C4c7ce360c16846d42ec608d8ca32a92c%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637481666242211333%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000andsdata=O9LE2rkuTcUR9UtywrOyw6NQu5R2rWa3p%2BFZ9FznoUI%3Dandreserved=0 (https://www.firesafesonoma.org/)
Fire Safe Marin (https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.firesafemarin.org%2Fanddata=04%7C01%7C%7C4c7ce360c16846d42ec608d8ca32a92c%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637481666242221290%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000andsdata=5TlWmo8tp2mq9gmf0836NT1GT4ceK9L93PNnrboOuD8%3Dandreserved=0 (https://www.firesafemarin.org/))
Succeeding as a woman, the definition of luxury, wine and more with former Asst. DA to Kamala Harris, owner of Hoopes Vineyards, Lindsay Hoopes.
Before taking over the family business, Hoopes Vineyards, Lindsay Hoopes, was an aspiring spy, was hired by now Vice President Kamala Harris to work with her in the District Attorney’s office and cut her wine teeth working in the famous sales programs of Gallo. I really appreciated her thoughtful and holistic perspectives that are born from not just ideology but by this broad range of experiences in life.
We dive into life, law, regulation, succeeding as a woman, motherhood, the evolving definition of luxury and all the good things they’re doing at Hoopes Vineyards.
I think you’re really appreciate getting to know Lindsay, her great perspectives and the spirit behind Hoopes Vineyards. Enjoy.
Are young winemaker-owners a dying breed in Napa Valley?
Jason Moore wasn’t born into a multi-generational winemaking family, come from big family money or have a prestigious degree in viticulture an enology.
What Jason does have, is an infectious passion for wine and a love of people. He represents a class of winemakers that are still alive in the Napa Valley, who are young, hungry, work hard and are driven to pursue their passion. Get to know Jason, his struggles, his life and his perspectives.
He’s a friend, a great winemaker, a great guy and I’m grateful to have him on the show today.
Overcoming adversity naturally and his fascinating journey in life. Philippe Langner of Hesperian Wines in Napa Valley.
My guest today is Philippe Langner, someone who has a love of life, people and an adventurous spirit which will put a smile on your face. He’s the Owner and Winemaker of Hesperian Wines on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley.
Of French descent, his journey started growing up in Africa, where, when his parents weren’t working, they’d take the family 10 hours by boat and jeep into the bush where they chose to live and enjoy their time off. Philippe shares how such experiences living so far from any aid or assistance helped form his character including his innate ability to accept and deal with severe challenges in life.
Listening to Philippe, one can’t help but feel his infectious love of life, people, passion for growing things and his free spiritedness.
He has relations with the Rothschild family, has worked in and seen success in the world of finance, yet he just couldn’t sit still and be content in his corporate, indoor office.
In our conversation you’ll hear his fascinating journey and get to know his wonderful character that is embodied in his estate and Hesperian wines he crafts.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Dave Thompson, the man behind one of the top Napa Valley wine sites, NapaWineProject.com.
My guest today is Dave Thompson whose passion or what he might call his obsession with Napa Valley wines has led him to create probably the number 1 website for people interested in Napa Valley wineries, napawineproject.com.
We so often romanticize about a certain lifestyle, without recognizing how much work and devotion the people in it make to their craft. One could say that about wine and talking with Dave, one can understand how it applies to travel writing as well.
In Dave’s case, his love for Napa Valley wines and their stories, has led him to visit, taste and review over 1050 wineries over 15 years, with hundreds of revisits. Even with such extensive Napa Valley coverage, it’s only part of his passion for travel as he explores the world, writing, taking photographs and sharing in depth and with great detail about these places on his website DavesTravelCorner.com.
On top of that he’s built up and shares his explorations with almost 400k followers on Twitter. It’s a fascinating conversation where we get to see his inspiration and a behind the scenes look at the life of a modern day wine and travel blogger. I hope you enjoy listening and learning as much as I did. Enjoy!
NWP Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/napawinetasting (www.instagram.com/napawinetasting)
Very fun and helpful too
Helpful for people wanna try wine or opening a business like this in the wine country and to understand the fun and difficulty in it as well. Cheers;)
Thoughtful take on people, places
I like the insights and questions on these podcasts. It’s not just the usual interview podcast. It’s a different take on subjects and lessons learned and insights.
Excellent Wine Industry Podcast
Great podcast to listen if you’re curious about getting the inside story on the California wine industry, from the perspective of both the local movers and shakers who live there and the winemakers themselves.