Crush MS

Recently attended Crush MS in Napa which focuses on raising awareness, support to orgs helping those suffering, funds, and a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Each year over 400 people come together for this very worthy cause at the Reid Family Vineyards to enjoy some of the area’s best wine, great food, music and company. And a silent and live auction were held.

The one hour symposium by the Clinical Neuroimmunology team at Stanford University was the highlight though.

For those in attendance, it was clear that this event promotes a sense of community and a support system for those with MS and family members. All were seeking knowledge, hope/belief in a cure, and inspired by those afflicted.

From an educational perspective, I learned:

  • MS involves immune system turning against body
  • Origin not known
  • 400K in US / 2.5M in World suffer
  • Inhabitants of Equator not susceptible
  • Elders post 85 unlikely to get; strikes in one’s prime (when young)
  • MRI in 1980s allowed physicians to visualize MS in RT
  • New therapy evolved afterwards
  • Nature holds cure; Protein based disease
  • Project BIG (brain immune gut) is key Stanford initiative
  • Too few physicians involved with MS; poor access to care


#National Multiple Sclerosis Society



Premiere 2018 – Cliff Lede Vineyards “Bring Your Own Bottle” event

During Premiere 2018, Cliff Lede Vineyards hosted what many consider a must attend event, “Bring Your Own Bottle”.  The event is so named because each attendee brings a nice bottle to share with others. Some notable tastings included:

Poetry 2004 Stags Leap Cabernet

Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) 1973 Burgundy

Silver Oak 1972 North Coast Cabernet

Louis Martini 1965 Calif Mountain Cabernet








#StagsLeap AVA

Trefethen – 50th Anniversary Celebration

Trefethen Family Vineyards is a Napa Valley pioneer. They are one of the very few family-owned wineries to celebrate five decades of winemaking in the Napa Valley. They proudly claim that “Wines have been handcrafted from the estate and we have been farming since 1968“. Most interesting about this event was a private lecture and tasting of vintage wines by proprietor Loren Trefethen and winemaker Bryan Kays. Also, the restoration and last year’s renovation, post Napa earthquake, of the of the historic tasting & barrel room (McIntyre Building), was spectacular. The McIntyre Building remains integral to the winery’s operations. The first floor is still used to age wine and also houses the winery’s Estate Tasting Room and Wine Library. The second floor, which displays the Eshcol winery’s original de-stemmer/crusher, is a barrel-aging cellar for the winery’s Bordeaux variety red wines.


Merryvale Soltice Release

Merryvale Cask Room celebrated the release of its Solstice sparkling wine! For those that know, this wine is not avail often and therefore it is cause for a party! Local oysters and other appetizers were paired with their Solstice, as well as other Merryvale wines.






Nickel & Nickel – Cabernet Release

As perhaps one of the top wine events of the year, Nickel & Nickel featured 10 wines from Napa Valley’s most acclaimed Cabernet growing regions.


This year’s Cabernet Day offered wine club members the unique opportunity to taste 10 of its 15+ new 2015 vintages of Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernets side-by-side.