W. Blake Gray, Wine-Searcher
Napa County politics sound angry from a distance. Up close, they are strikingly polite. But politicians there also may not be directly addressing the issues that the community cares about most.
Last week I drove up from San Francisco to watch a debate between the six candidates running for three seats on Napa County's Board of Supervisors. The Board has only five members, so the upcoming election in March is crucial. It will decide how friendly the county will be to the wine industry, and how much it will restrict development to please environmentalists.