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August / September 2016

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6 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 first press story and photos by Jonathan Cristaldi It's hard to imagine a time when a drive up Soda Canyon Road would lead you to a dead-end with nothing but wilderness beyond—thick mountain shrub brush, snakes and mountain lions and volcanic-basalt boul- ders the size of small houses. But that's exactly what Dr. Jan Krupp encoun- tered in the early 1990s, when a unique real estate opportunity presented itself. The deal would lead to a herculean decade-long effort to conquer 750 acres that would eventually become the beginnings of the iconic Stagecoach Vineyard, as we know it today. Top of the Peak I met Dr. Jan Krupp at the Soda Canyon Store in April. At age 70, slim and tan, sporting clever shades, he's an unassuming, soft-spoken force-of-nature who, as of that week, was taking piano, fly-fishing and yoga lessons. We started up Soda Canyon Road in his pickup. Jan Krupp with Gabrielle Shafer, Viticulturalist for Stagecoach Vineyard, clearing more of the mountain to plant a new block.

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