Heading east to old vines

Darrell Corti and Tegan Passalacqua

A day spent in Contra Costa County and Lodi was truly historic. Above, Darrell Corti (left) and Tegan Passalacqua enjoy lunch after a tour of ancient stumps. See also Passalacqua the vine preserver.

We spent the last day of our April week in and around Napa Valley with Tegan Passalacqua, founder member of the Historic Vineyard Society. Everyone we mentioned this to on the days leading up to it, especially our old friend Elaine Chukan Brown, nodded approvingly and assured us we’d really enjoy it. They were right.

Partly because it was such a change from Napa Valley...