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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

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

2018 may be the vintage year of the decade! Even though we had lots of smoke from the Shasta and Mendocino fires, the temperatures were moderate, so the berries were plump and beautiful. A bumper crops for the whole valley and one of five biggest crops! With a neighborhood partnership in place, we bought a firetruck and drove it home from Green Bay, WI! Quite the adventure! Then we built a firehall to protect the truck from the elements. In a perfect world, we will never use it! In the meantime, it is comforting insurance. -Sheldon

We survived the fires of 2017! Very surreal to be picking grapes and making wine while surrounded by fire on three sides with bombers and helicopters flying just above tree-top level. Hard to decide what to do with the contents of two workshops, a winery and 2.5 houses. Finally decided to just roll with it and hope for the best! Not knowing if I would have a home or livelihood was kind of daunting. My sons Caston and Jace came down from Canada to help harvest as quickly as possible. Grateful for their help during those crazy weeks. The good news: We survived! -Sheldon

  My parents left me an amazing legacy—one that I will continue to maintain—farming, winemaking, hospitality—at levels that would make them both proud. Little will change! I can promise you that. What we all love most about this lifestyle—is you—the people we meet from all over the world. You make the food and wine taste better and always remind us of how lucky we are to live in paradise! To all of our many friends and loyal wine buyers, we thank you for your ongoing support. After harvest in 2016, I pulled an acre of aged Merlot and will plant 600 Cabernet Franc vines in the spring of 2017. Napa Cab