Dry Extract Interview: Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA

Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA

Photo provided

dough-shafer

Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA

Photo provided

Doug Shafer heads Shafer Vineyards in Napa's Stags Leap District AVA.  He arrived in Napa Valley as a teenager in 1973 when he moved with his family from Chicago to a new home in the rugged foothills of the Stags Leap Palisades. Throughout his high school years, he helped his father, John Shafer, in the vineyards and eventually enrolled in the enology and viticulture programme at the UC Davis. In 2012, he published his memoir, A Vineyard in Napa, recounting 40 years inside the Napa Valley wine industry. 

The best advice I ever got

Check it once, check it twice and check it again.

My life motto

Every wine deserves a friend.

I am currently reading

A Rock and Roll Life by Tom Petty

My most played music track

Rolling Stones: Scarlett (featuring Jimmy Page).

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

Crewing on an America's Cup yacht (at age 25).

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 

Playing guitar ... really, really good.

My favourite kind of exercise

Cycling.

I relax while

Driving my 1972 Triumph TR-6.

I collect

(and lose) golf balls.

My essential newspaper/magazine

NY Times Sunday edition.

My desert-island wine

Bouchard Père et Fils' Beaune Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus.

I have learnt a lot from

My dad.

My last meal and sip will be

Black bean burritos and 2001 Hillside Select.

FIND OUT MORE