Rains retreat and blossoms bloom, while El Nino delivers modest precipitation and another balmy, even warmer winter than usual. How else to describe the warm, very green and unusually enjoyable ‘winter’ Napa has experienced, other than spectacularly beautiful. Once more we have an early bud break, and despite what the Napa Valley Vintners Association has pronounced concerning climate change, this has become common. Life is good. So too for yours truly. Yet just as I gloss over climate change, I also worry about our ‘Valley’ too. Are we perhaps to become a victim of our own success. Specifically, mega vineyard developments in Napa Valley’s precious watershed and wilderness areas may pose a long term threat to the unique character of Napa. As a fourth generation Napan and avid cyclist, hiker and naturalist I worry about this. As a free market evangelist of fine wine, food, love and song though, I celebrate this too. Maybe I’m just a conflicted old hippie. OK but if you see me going up or down Atlas Peak, Mt Veeder or Howell Mountain roads bicycling, wave please. I cycle solo and always have a business card, new story and passion to share the latest hip winery with new wine tour clients. I have the real dirt and terroir is my passion! Tour with me, Terroir Tim and Napa Terroir Wine Tours. Cheers!