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December 20, 2006


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Ryan Fujiu

I fully agree with you; changing the name to Tulocay would cause problems on multiple fronts. It takes years for the general public to recognize AVA's, even when they are in the Napa Valley. Although Coombsville may not be the most recognizable AVA in the Napa Valley, starting from scratch with Tulocay would be detrimental for marketing and may confuse loyal customers. If you have built your brand around the Coomsville namesake, you shouldn't have to change it because some people dont like the sound of it, thats absurd!

There are more than just personal opinions at stake, with economics and branding being the most important. I hope this doesnt go through. Mainly for you and the rest of the wineries in Coombsville, but also because we would have to change our maps...lol. Keep us posted.

Tom Farella

Thanks Ryan. The comments section from the TTB website (http://ttb.gov/nprm_comments/ttbnotice68_comments.shtml) got pretty interesting at the last minute. The folks that support "Tulocay" almost universally believe "Coombsville" sounds like "Coonsville" and most are fairly new to the region. The folks that disdain "Tulocay" are A) purists like me and B) think of the Tulocay Cemetary-- not a great name for a sub-applellation. It is an unavoidable fact that the sub-region is known as "Coombsville." I regret now that I didn't request a public hearing on this matter but, perhaps, the administrator with the TTB will see the issue clearly. It isn't hard to find the facts with a simple Google (or other) search. The other disappointment is that NONE of the auspicious growers in the area commented at all (Far Niente, Caldwell, Silverado Vineyards, Haynes, Premier Pacific, etc.). I'm not sure that they were ever invited to the committee meetings. Hmm?

Leigh Pomeroy

Kudos on your Tulocay comment, Tom. Bill Cadman has kept me abreast of things somewhat.


Leigh Pomeroy
Web Content Director for Tulocay Winery
Bill Cadman, Proprietor
Skippy, Chief Cellar Rat
1426 Coombsville Road, Napa, CA 94558
Phone & fax: (707) 255-4064
Internet: http://tulocay.com


Hi Leigh

I'm delighted and relieved to hear praise from your camp in this debate. I have a lot of respect and gratitude for Tulocay. It will be interesting to look back at these times in 5 years.
All the Best!

Aaron Pott

I just wanted to wish you luck on getting the Coombsville AVA together!


Hey Aaron

Thanks for the kind words. It's an interesting topic, for sure. It will also be interesting to see where it goes from here...

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