It’s time to veer off the Wine Road a bit and chat with a brewer. After all, the modern era of the craft beer industry began here in the heart of Northern California Wine Country. Don is an icon among brewers beginning with New Albion Brewery, kick-starting Mendocino Brewing Company, and now calling Napa Smith home. He’s been working on his craft as long as some of the winemakers I’ve interviewed. Hear about his past, present and likely future.




Husband and wife team Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli have made it their mission is to elevate the apple to greatness through cider. Their “hobby gone wild” is their inspiration and they manage to do it with consideration of the environment and old fashioned techniques. Their long list of retail customers is an indication of their success.



Who’d of thought apples come in so many different sizes???

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Remy, (on left in other photo) and Paul have wine making fathers, have worked the business themselves (Paul still helps his father at Hawley Winery) but they followed their passion to brew quality, hand-crafted beer. Hear their story and get more details at