When the British finally defeated a resurgent Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, they were taking no chances. He was put on the HMS Northumberland and shipped 5,000 miles away to one of the most isolated spots in the world.
On a warm October afternoon, a steel- framed concrete warehouse north of San Francisco is inundated with grapes. Forklifts bearing fruit from the nearby Russian River Valley deliver their loads to a slow-moving conveyor belt. Flanking both sides, winemaking interns pick out stems and sunburned grapes as they groove to hip-hop music thumping from loudspeakers.
Over the weekend in luxurious corners of California’s wine country, the annual Auction Napa Valley raised a record $18.7 million for local charities, including Queen of the Valley Medical Center where co-chairman Kary Duncan was treated for a broken leg earlier this year.