By Bonny Meyer
A moving, behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of Napa Valley’s most legendary wineries, Silver Oak Cellars. Bonny Meyer, co-founder and wife of wine legend Justin Meyer, provides an intimate portrayal of the love affair that infused Silver Oak’s magical cabernet.
Bonny Meyer began thinking and writing about the nature of love when she was fifteen. She met Brother Justin shortly after she turned eighteen at his 29th birthday party. They spent that evening playing music together igniting the love affair that changed their lives and ultimately spawned Silver Oak Cellars.
Napa Valley vintners, inspired by the extraordinary success and reputation of Silver Oak Cabernets focused more and more on that variety. Today, Cabernet is considered the king of the Napa Valley red wines with some bottles commanding as much as $1,000. Its flavor profile displays a wide variety of black fruits, including currant, cherry and plum, often showing notes of spice from American or French oak barrel aging. It pairs beautifully with robust red meat dishes such as game, lamb, aged steaks, cheeses, and love.
After establishing and growing Silver Oak and the unexpected death of Justin, Bonny devoted her attention to addressing world environmental, social, and economic challenges by financially supporting social ventures. She has been acknowledged by Forbes Magazine and the financial industry as a pioneer of impact and regenerative investing.
After years of encouragement to write about their love affair, she decided to share the story of how she and Justin met, fell in love, and created a business and wines infused with their values and love for one another.
Today, Bonny Meyer is the Principal of Meyer Family Enterprises, an investment company dedicated to the regeneration of the planet and society. After selling Silver Oak Cellars in 2001, Bonny is now a partner in Meyer Family Cellars, a winery run by her son, Matt, and daughter-in-law, Karen.
Bonny lives in the old redwood farmhouse surrounded by Cabernet vines in the middle of the Napa Valley where she and her beloved, Justin, raised their family.
Bud Break is one of the most exciting and active times in the vineyard. It is the miracle of new life bursting open everywhere you look. It is the harbinger of spring and goes off like a frost alarm propelling farmers into action. This is your invitation to witness this miracle!
Beaches of Makena
Come along with me and Cindy as we explore beautiful beaches of Makena in South Maui. Avoiding the wide open beaches of Big Beach and Little Beach, we stuck to the lovely little coves bordered by lava rock outcroppings. Here we found swimmers, snorkelers, fishermen and plenty of wild chickens!
Watch me make and gift a fresh flower Hawaiian lei. Buy a lei needle and enjoy this pleasant creative activity at home with flowers from your garden.
Paper Art of Pat Gentenaar
Delight in the unique Paper Art of Pat Gentenaar. Take an art tour of my Maui condo then explore how Pat uses paper pulp to create these images that are so alive. Pat is acknowledged worldwide for her unique process and extraordinarily dynamic art.
Come along on our whale watch adventure, joining me, Carole and Wilford as we observe Hawaii’s humpbacks tend to newborns and engage in dating whale-style. The annual whale migration and ocean nurturing and mating rituals are likely more ancient than we humans watching the spectacle.
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Bonny joins Nancy Yearout on the high road to demonstrate how to use the reset button to go from fear to peace.
This is a wonderful technique that anyone can do anywhere to calm down when life hits you hard. Bonny takes us through this practice that has worked for her and for many people. She teaches us to refocus on the world around us and to commit to be more accepting of life and more peaceful and happier on the inside!