As I sit and write this at Oxbow in downtown Napa, I am overwhelmed by the year we've had and the support we've received from family, friends and strangers. Nothing would have been possible without so much help along the way. One year ago, we were punching out thousands of tiny triangles in every label for our first vintage, and the day after Christmas we (along with 12 hardworking friends) hand applied the labels to all 2,160 bottles. From the first bottle we sold in February (I think I was shaking from excitement) to the last in May (still shaking), I've been humbled by the amazing people we've been able to work with. We've formed relationships with every person we've sold to, and it has made Paper Planes more than just a wine, but a living thing that feels like it's really doing what we set out for it to do - encourage spirited relationships and create memories that inspire.
We learned a lot last year, and today, all 362 cases of our second vintage of Paper Planes are bottled, labeled (no punching out triangles or hand labeling required!) and ready to make their debut to the world. I'm inspired by the people we've met along the way. I miss our dear friends in Los Angeles but am so lucky to have the family and friends we have in Napa, and I am proud to be a part of the Napa Community of winemakers and business owners. As I look back on the year full of change that we've had, I want to thank everyone who has touched Paper Planes and our lives. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store.