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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 won't have to worry this harvest. The tasting room is still a work in progress as COVID-19 shut down Napa's planning/building department. The virus also abruptly halted tourism and tasting customers. This has had a significant impact on the wine industry, but through all of this, we hope our community will come out stronger. COVID impacts continued throughout the year with intermittent windows of

In 2010 Joy and I visited Paloma for the first time. We met Paloma’s matriarch, Barbara Richards. Not only did we have a great time tasting on the back porch with the hummingbirds, but also found her stories of Paloma’s start and growth fascinating. We have loved Paloma wines ever since. We’ve sent a number of our friends to Paloma and they all have had wonderful experiences. In fact, one of our friends loved Paloma so much and the friendship he developed with Sheldon that he has gone out and helped with the harvest. We live in South Florida and don’t get a chance to visit that often, but when

In the fall of 2019, we removed another 450 aging Merlot vines and replaced them in the spring of 2020 with Cabernet Franc. We now have a total of approximately 1000 Cabernet Franc Vines. While working in the Vineyard in June, Sheldon rolled the ATV suffering a dislocated collarbone, multiple fractured ribs and a concussion. We are all incredibly grateful that the injuries are strictly superficial! Jace and Cait came down for a month in July and August to take some of the load off Sheldon, and Caston and Heidi came down for a month in the fall to help with Harvest. Once again, harvest came with a heavy fire