The Sleeping Giant Across the Way

Day 239 

This is the view from my office desk since March 3, 2020. 239 days of working while looking out this window. In late 2019, the former winery (Balo) across CA-128 from us was purchased by Jackson Family…

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French Connection

October 13, 2020  

Good morning from a windy and warm Healdsburg. Much of Northern California is under another Red Flag Warning until Friday with high temps and gusty winds forecasted. Please continue to pray for the safety of our…

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Blue Sky or Red?

Blue Sky...Sorta.  

Well, how are you doing today? Take a seat, this is a long one friends. Last week was the hardest of 2020 yet! The two of us have been worse but have also been so much better…

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September 9, 2020 


24 hours ago, this was the sky above our tasting room here in the Anderson Valley. Thankfully, no fires have reached the valley. But we are surrounded by fires as far…

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2020 Fall Wine Release and More...

September 1, 2020 

2020 Fall Wine Release is LIVE through September 18, 2020 

Whoa! September has arrived and so has our 2020 Fall Wine Release. We are thrilled to release our two most popular wines this month. Our…

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August 21, 2020 

Well. Gulp. 

In the midst of the worst year ever, Smith Story Wine Cellars continues to receive big praise. Bittersweet and uncomfortable to share GOOD NEWS again especially in the midst of a massive wildfire…

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Summer Mystery Six

July 26, 2020 

Want Smith Story Wines by Friday this week?  

We did a thing. 

We negotiated a UPS Next Day Air summer shipping deal. You must be quick, it’s hot and we’re slammed, but are taking…

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This is a BIG DEAL FOR US!

July 14, 2020 

Good News Keeps on Coming!   

Who knew a global pandemic would create so much media attention for our small winery!? I'm proud to know Our Story is resonating with so many. Wine Business Monthly named…

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It's been awhile

July 9, 2020 

It’s been awhile!   

How are you doing?  Behind the scenes these past few weeks for us have been exciting and at times overwhelming to be very honest. We are pretty darn exhausted but incredibly grateful…

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Good News (again)

June 10, 2020 

Unchartered Territory 

GOOD NEWS! Here comes summer in the Anderson Valley (finally). We are green-lighted by the county to open!  First things first, give us a good week to dust our shelves and detail out…

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Essential? Are We?

June 4, 2020 

Essential? What does this word mean to us? What does essential mean to our customers?  These discussions between the two of us have taken a back seat this week to the importance of discussing racial equality.  

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Good News and Rosé

May 31, 2020 

Keeping this short today, so much going on that is far more serious that wine. We pray for peace, justice and wellness for everyone who is hurting in our country and around the world. It's just…

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White Claw Our Heart Out

May 21, 2020 

We're having a melancholy morning, how are you doing? It's hard to compartmentalize all the news coming at us. Ali tuned into a big State of the Wine Industry - Special Edition Report early this morning…

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It rained on our wedding day.

May 13, 2020 

Tomorrow May 14 is our 7th Wedding Anniversary and the start of Smith Story Wine Cellars too! It rained hard that afternoon 7 years ago. We spent the prior week on the sunny beaches of Kona…

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Good News

Good news, we are only sharing good news with you! Yes we are sleep deprived, mentally toast, need a few hours at the beauty shop, stuffing our faces with fresh baked bread daily, but the show must go on!  

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Aloha Friday

April 24, 2020 


The authentic meaning of Aloha in Hawaii is one of compassion, sympathy, pity, mercy, kindness, peace, and love: a guideline for life. Living Aloha is the coordination of mind and heart within each

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A mixed bag

March 31, 2020 

Where are we today?  Grab a glass, this is a long one folks, I've been missing conversation (and hugs!) with our guests, so written word has to take the place of chatting in person these days…

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Hot Mess

Truth: We are beyond exhausted but remain hopeful & energized bc of you. 😊 Thanks for all the fun notes and support, your kindness means so much as we all battle our way through this extraordinary time. We laughed so…

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