Video: Winiarski on 50 years of Napa Valley cabernet

Warren Winiarski, who while a winemaker at Stags Leap Wine Cellars was part of the victory of California wines at the pivotal 1976 Paris tasting, answers questions about what makes Napa Valley special and where the industry is going, at North Bay Business Journal's Impact Napa conference held at The Meritage Resort & Spa on Aug. 5, 2016. (JEFF QUACKENBUSH / NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL)


One of the two winemakers who put Napa Valley on the global quality map 40 years ago, Warren Winiarski recounts what the county's biggest business was like before cabernet was king but worries that modern styles of the varietal is "obliterating" local uniqueness of the grape.

Winiarski was interviewed by Richard Mendelson, a longtime wine industry attorney now of counsel for Napa-based Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, at the Business Journal's Impact Napa conference on Aug. 5 in Napa.

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