While in California last week, I had the chance to visit an old friend up in the wine country and tour an outstanding vineyard. Newton was established in 1977 after co-founder Su Hua fell off her horse on Spring Mountain (the vineyard’s site), and was rescued by a rancher who conveniently told her that the land was for sale. Needless to say, she and her husband Peter Newton bought the property and the rest is history. Only about 2500 people get to visit the winery each year, so I felt honored to be one the few. The wine is fantastic, and White House approved.
Random fact: The Vineyard was featured in Japanese Sideways.