November 2020


The founders of Paloma Vineyard, Barbara and Jim Richards dreamt of building a vineyard focusing on sustainable farming that would highlight the grapes and terroir of their favourite region. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend, Dan Duckhorn, called and told them about the property now known as Paloma Vineyard. Over the next 25 years, Jim and Barbara worked to clear, plant, and cultivate the 7500 Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In 1991, some of the Merlot grapes they harvested were sold to Pride to be blended into their Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1993 when Carolyn and Jim Pride released the 1991 Merlot, and it was a

In the spring of 2020, we installed a giant propane generator and three Tesla batteries to help when power outages occur. Before the Teslas were installed, we had a short power outage and the generator kicked in immediately! Worked like a charm! At least we don't have to worry this harvest. The tasting room is still a work in progress as the COVID 19 shut down Napa's planning/building department. The virus also stopped tourism and tasting customers! Like many businesses and people across America and the world, this has a significant impact on the wine industry. Through all of this, we hope our community will come out stronger. -Sheldon

Harvest of 2019 was subject to another set of fires. This time strictly North/North West of Napa in the Mendocino and Shasta regions. The smoke was mild, relatively speaking, and we suffered no permanent damage.