Mark Aselstine
August 2, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Napa Valley is an Interesting Place

We like telling people that Napa Valley is an interesting place.  Of course, people think we're only talking about the wine, or maybe the wine and the food.

What has always fascinated me about Napa was the way the wine industry is completely and utterly integrated into the local community.  I guess it is probably to be expected and you certainly see something similar happening in some of the other world wine capitals (Bordeaux is a great example) but I don't think anywhere else in the United States offers the range of opportunities for either aspiring winemakers, or those of us who love great wine to learn and experience the entire winemaking process.

This weekend marks another year of the Napa Valley Wine Libraries, tasting series.  Founded in 1963, the Napa Valley Wine Library has a simple goal, to help people learn about winemaking and  the history of wine through local libraries.  Specifically, the St. Helena public library has an extensive collection of wine specific materials that really aren't found anywhere else in the country.  As you might expect, the organization found a willing partner with UC Davis and their viticulture program.

In any case, if you're planning a trip to Napa-joining the Wine Library is a great way to experience a side of exclusive Napa Valley which isn't available to everyone.


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