The northern Napa Valley was still a thickly forested, rugged terrain, and a difficult place to navigate when Jacob Schram set forth to establish the second winery in the area, one year after Charles Krug had opened up shop just a little ways to the south. Krug was a Prussian immigrant, Schram a German; both left their homeland before the Franco-Prussian War would resurrect the German Reich as a world superpower. Only a decade earlier, slightly more, California had officially become a state, the 31st. This was uncharted territory at that time, and something about the raw, dense, uninterrupted beauty of northern California clearly appealed to men like Jacob Schram… [read more]*
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