At Napa Valley Commons in south Napa, wineries may be close to a few vines planted in the parking lot. Yet the setting is no chill factor to wine lovers who drive there to taste and buy wine and tour wineries, dock, tanks, barrels and all.
Although sales of wine have recovered strongly from the depths of the recession, Impact Databank reports that the total U.S. wine market only grew 0.3 percent in 2014 to a volume of 322 million nine-liter cases.
Carl Doumani has sold his 6,000-to-8,000-case Quixote winery, vineyard and home in the Stags Leap District to a subsidiary of Le Melange, an American company owned by a Chinese firm. The story was first reported in the Wine Spectator blog by Napan James Laube.