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The Realities Behind Wine Pricing

Wines at the most expensive and prestigious end of the spectrum continue to grow in popularity. And prices, which have been climbing for years, show no signs of slowing down. But for all of the attention that the most sought-after wines get — their scores are parsed; their SRPs and performance at auction are analyzed… Read more »

Mi Sueno Americano

From the moment Rolando Herrera first set foot in Napa Valley, when he was eight, he felt at home. His father first brought his family to Northern California in 1975, only to return to Mexico five years later. His dream, however, stayed in Napa. In 1982, when he was 15, Herrera declared he would be… Read more »

Mi Sueno Winery

You know how when your loved one is trying to keep a secret from you they leave the room to take calls and stuff like that? Well, a couple months ago, John started doing that. He’s deeply romantic, so I knew he was hiding something wonderful, but still, I wondered what it could be. Finally,… Read more »

Home for the Holidays at a Napa Valley Winery

Rolando Herrera is an American success story, from his days of washing dishes as 
a teenager to running his own acclaimed Napa Valley winery, Mi Sueño. When the holidays hit, it’s all about family—and his wife Lorena’s amazing homemade tamales. December means tamale time in Napa Valley, at least at winemaker Rolando Herrera’s house. And… Read more »

The American Dream Winery

While some say the American Dream no longer exists, Mi Sueño Wineryis proof that hard work and passion can take you from dishwasher to winery founder. Rolando Herrera began working in restaurants and wineries in California’s wine country as a dishwasher, line cook and even a stone cutter starting at age 15. He then joined… Read more »

What I’ve Been Drinking — Wine Time

Before Thanksgiving, Lesley took on the very difficult task of suggesting wines to pair with your huge holiday meal. She did a great job, especially considering that turkey pretty much tastes like whatever you baste it in or season it with and doesn’t really bring that much to the flavor party. I’m not as ambitious… Read more »

Farm to Table

Blame my Berkeley origins, but the immediate imagery I associate with the phrase “farm-to-table” is Alice Waters in a purple garlic flower crown ladling soup at 1970s Chez Panisse. But for many people around the world, farm-to-table is not a social movement or a trend, and it definitely is not something they learned about in… Read more »

How a Boutique Wine Producer is Meeting Labor Challenges Head On

“No green flavor,” Rolando Herrera says, tasting a bunch of grapes from the latest pallet of Pinot Noir fruit to arrive here at his boutique winery in Napa Valley. He’s relieved, but the relief isn’t evident on his face, which instead bears the studious expression of a professor as he grabs another bunch straight from… Read more »