James MacPhail grew up just north of San Francisco in Marin County where, since the 1880s, members of his father’s family have been pillars of the local business community. James’ mother was raised on a dairy farm in western Sonoma County; she remained tied to her Tomales Bay community, regularly engaging James in the lives of the region’s farming families. A passion for business and a love for the land are at the center of MacPhail family life.
By Guest Blogger Craig Camp, Managing Partner of Cornerstone Cellars
The Napa Valley is one of the few perfect places on earth to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of the few perfect places on earth to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One thing I know for sure is that if you have a Cabernet vineyard next to a Pinot vineyard, one or both of them are in the wrong place.