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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

This year was a tough one. In May, at the age of 83, Barbara passed away due to complications from a stroke. It left a hole in the family that will take time to fill. She was the green thumb always reminding us that great wine starts with great grapes; we are farmers first and wine makers second. We spread her ashes in the vineyard that she poured so much of her heart and sole into these past 33 years. Thank you to all; the out reach and support from the wine community has been incredible. We are humbled and honored by your kindness. And a special thank you

For the third time in 6 years, the Paloma Merlot made the Wine Spectator's Top 100. Out of over 18,000 wines tasted in 2008, the 2006 vintage placed 65th. Aside from the usual farming and winemaking challenges that we face every year, Jim was diagnosed with cancer in late 2007. He and Barbara spent the better part of two years in San Francisco while he underwent treatment. He fought stoically, but sadly, he passed in May of 2009. The Wine Spectator was very generous in their praise of Jim within the wine community. A worthy tribute to a very special person and his extraordinary wife, Barbara. A special thank you