Many people visit Napa Valley and never get to see the “real” Napa Valley. Several wineries scattered around the Valley represent winemaking at it its very best. These wineries are humble, not super fancy and make the most kick-ass wine you’d ever want to drink. Smith Madrone on Spring Mountain is one of those wineries. Dating back to the early seventies, Stu and his brother Charlie make some of the best wine you’ll ever taste. I never tire of talking with Stu. I caught up with him at his home in St. Helena to dig a little deeper into the history of Smith Madrone. This history goes very deep.

You can also hear Stu on our Vino Lingo segment defining the term “Fire Safe Farming”.

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Written by Ray Fister

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