December 2019

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Fires, smoke and power outages made 2019 another challenging year. But as always, we made it through with the valiant help from client volunteers at harvest! They were great—thank you all.  The county has required that all wineries update our user permits. For Paloma it requires some significant changes. My parents' house, that we have tasted in for 26 years, is no longer an option. We are going to build a free-standing tasting room instead! I cannot wait to show you all the new plans to bring Paloma into 2020! -Sheldon

In the winter of 2016/2017, we removed about 550 aging Merlot vines and replaced them with Cabernet Franc vines, a favourite varietal of the Paloma family. The 2017 growing season was fantastic, but due to years of drought, the fall brought waves of fires. From Northern California to North Bay to Wine Country, we were surrounded by fires all sides. Caston and Jace came down from Canada to help with harvest and support Sheldon in case of an emergency evacuation. Fortunately, CalFire was able to gain control before the fires reached Spring Mountain. In 2018, Sheldon decided to try something new; he wanted to pay homage to Barbara and