Editor's Letterby Jim Gordon
The Arrival of August means two momentous things are about to begin: One, the 2016 wine grape harvest in North America, and two, the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference!
OK, I am being facetious. I know they’re not equal in importance. But I want to make sure you know that our company’s third annual one-day conference and trade show focused exclusively on wine packaging is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Yountville, Calif.
Viewpointby Richard Mendelson
Editor’s note: The following excerpt, with certain modifications, is from a new book by Richard Mendelson, Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure (Val de Grace Books 2016). In his book, Mendelson, who managed the legal work for many appellations in California and elsewhere, tells a detailed story of the birth, definition, personalities and protection of the Napa Valley. In so doing, he offers insights into the establishment of American Viticultural Areas and the future of vineyard designations in the United States. Mendelson’s book is available for purchase at appellationnapavalley.com.