Stevenson’s book The Silverado Squatters is foremost about the lore and history of Napa Valley. This above passage describes our vineyard location on the Old Toll Road ~ “we entered the toll road, or, to be more local, entered on “the grade”…”
We’ve named our three distinctive estate Cabernet Sauvignons from this book. including “THE GRADE”, “KINGLY PROJECT” and “SERPENT’S BACK”. Our Sauvignon Blanc wine “SEA-FOG” was inspired by a chapter title.
Robert Louis Stevenson and his new bride Fanny honeymooned in a bunkhouse in the abandoned mining town of Silverado on Mount Saint Helena in 1880. During that period he wrote eloquently about the natural beauty, characters and wines of Calistoga and Napa Valley. Stevenson is our muse.
Honoring Stevenson with Artwork
As part of the 2017 “Arts in April” program in Napa Valley, The GRADE Cellars created this Warhol-esque collection of RLS portraits on city property by working with art students at the RLS Middle School in St. Helena ~