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October 2004
High-Tech Takes Hold at Vineyard 29
St. Helena winery showcases the industry's most contemporary facility and equipment.
by Alan Goldfarb
Remember the California power debacle of 2001? Who could forget? Brown-outs that summer were commonplace while prices skyrocketed, rationing became the norm, and big corporations such as Enron were beginning to bear the brunt--ifnotthewrath--ofanation.Chuck McMinn, owner of St. Helena's Vineyard 29 in Napa Valley, has not forgotten. In 2002, as McMinn began building a new winery, offices and caves, he was determined to protect his operation from shutting down and going off-line. If and when the ...
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