About 2months ago, I was contacted by Dan Levy, a writer for bloomberg.com, wanting to know about Yountville. What he was looking for was different than any of the other writers who have contacted me in the past. He was trying to find what I felt was more its current soul, what it has truly become besides what it was. After having lived, played and/or worked here for nearly 40 years, I get contacted quite a bit about Yountville and have been often disappointed by writers and their takes on how things are here. However, I feel Dan has captured the many faces and local opinions that make this place the wonderful enclave it truly is. Here are 3 comments from Dan’s article which can be found in its entirety here:
“The blue-collar workers in Napa Valley’s Yountville have been knocked off their bar stools, replaced by the likes of Super Bowl quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning, Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison and actress Reese Witherspoon sitting in fine restaurants.”
“It was a raucous, drunken town,” known for its taverns and brothels, said Steve Rogers, city manager. “It hasn’t always been this idyllic community.”
“Some old-timers feel priced out of Yountville’s housing market, especially renters and mobile-home residents, said Curtis Van Carter, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent.”
Yes he even quoted me. I feel after hanging around this Town for nearly 40 years, they tend to think you know something. Ask me about driving Porsches here, buying Mengen clogs at the Highwayman, and getting a pitcher of margaritas to-go on our way up to Lake Berryessa to water ski. I don’t admit the last one is absolutely true in today’s drinking and driving taboo era, but then this was 40 years ago!!!!!!