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We had been coming to St. Helena from Midland, Texas (our home at the time) since 1983, staying and working on the property from a few days to a few weeks at a time. This year we decided that the vineyard needed full-time supervision, so we rented an apartment in St. Helena and Barbara started working on the vineyard from January through harvest. Jim continued his business as a petroleum geologist in Midland, Texas and came to St. Helena to help as time permitted. This year we also cleared the last five acres of vineyard and burned the brush and logs during the winter. The most gratifying event of the year was our first small harvest, which sold to Conn Creek Winery.