Impact Napa 2012: Bart Araujo, Araujo Estate Wines

Araujo Estate Wines2155 Pickett Rd., Calistoga 94515, 707-942-6061,

Impact conference includes top economist, Napa wine industry leaders

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Bart Araujo, proprietor, Araujo Estate Wines

Andy Beckstoffer, president, Beckstoffer Vineyards

Jayson Pahlmeyer, founder and proprietor, and Brian Hilliard, president, Pahlmeyer Wines

Mario Zepponi, partner, Zepponi & Company

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Homebuilder-turned-vintner Bart Araujo and his wife, Daphne, purchased the acclaimed 39-acre Eisele Vineyard just east of Calistoga in 1990. Featured in top wine critic Robert Parker Jr.'s The World's Greatest Wine Estates, Araujo produces about 6,000 cases of estate-bottled wine annually, primarily of cabernet sauvignon (retails for $300 a bottle) with a small amount of syrah ($135) and sauvignon blanc ($50).

The Alta Gracia secondary brand ($98) is a blend of Bordeaux varietal wine from grapes purchased from several top Napa Valley vineyards.

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