Best of 2020

Monday December 28, 2020 

Best of 2020 

It’s hard to think about, these past 12 months took us all on a wild emotional rollercoaster. The highs felt like flying over the tops of a redwood forest. The lows…

A light bulb moment. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

How Gratitude Has Changed Us

As of today, Eric and I are still fine, Smith Story Wine Cellars is fine, everything is just fine.

For all of us, 2020 has been far from…

Bear Dalton, the original Texas Storyteller. 

Bear Dalton, the original Texas Storyteller. 

I received news this morning that my good friend and wine business mentor Bear Dalton passed after a 3 year cancer battle. I'm writing this with a very heavy heart this morning.

Pass the tissues please

Share Joy.  
The Real Gift of Smith Story Wines. 

In general, I hope the gift of wine never ends. “Giving is fun” is our mantra which rings true for the winery too.  

As of today, we…

Home Wine for the Holidays

Sunday, December 6, 2020 

"Everything's better with wine", said Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa on today's show. Yes Ina, wine has been the steady "good news" in our lives this year indeed!  As of 4pm today, we are still allowed…

The Sleeping Giant Across the Way

Day 239 

This is the view from my office desk since March 3, 2020. 239 days of working while looking out this window. In late 2019, the former winery (Balo) across CA-128 from us was purchased by Jackson Family…

French Connection

October 13, 2020  

Good morning from a windy and warm Healdsburg. Much of Northern California is under another Red Flag Warning until Friday with high temps and gusty winds forecasted. Please continue to pray for the safety of our…

Blue Sky or Red?

Blue Sky...Sorta.  

Well, how are you doing today? Take a seat, this is a long one friends. Last week was the hardest of 2020 yet! The two of us have been worse but have also been so much better…


September 9, 2020 


24 hours ago, this was the sky above our tasting room here in the Anderson Valley. Thankfully, no fires have reached the valley. But we are surrounded by fires as far…

2020 Fall Wine Release and More...

September 1, 2020 

2020 Fall Wine Release is LIVE through September 18, 2020 

Whoa! September has arrived and so has our 2020 Fall Wine Release. We are thrilled to release our two most popular wines this month. Our…


August 21, 2020 

Well. Gulp. 

In the midst of the worst year ever, Smith Story Wine Cellars continues to receive big praise. Bittersweet and uncomfortable to share GOOD NEWS again especially in the midst of a massive wildfire…