In my quest to really iron out the details of my family tree and, in particular, the Flanagan's of Napa, it finally occurred to me to get the postal address of the ranch. Yes, they have mailboxes along the highway and receive mail at the location. I am always challenged in telling people exactly where this property is located since it is out in the middle of farmland in Napa.
Most people envision something up valley when I say that but this is in Carneros on the road to Sonoma. It's not very far off Highway 29 and you can litterly blink and miss it if you are not paying attention. You could easily blow past the property and end up at Domaine Carneros where they make sparkling wines or at the Carneros Inn which is probably 1000 ft from the northwest corner of the Flanagan property. The only catch there is that you'd probably take your life in your hands to try and walk across the highway to the Inn.
|Above the Napa Carneros Area 2012 - Photo of Domaine Carneros|
Sometime in the mid 1970s, the property was sold to another family and the Flanagan's were no longer in the picture. Times can be tough and it can be hard to sustain a ranch or farm. Over the years since then, a family owned the house. They may have been the ones to put the addition on the back of the house along with a garage. That owner was actually a chef from San Francisco. He put in a gourmet kitchen. I think that he was too busy to spend a lot of time at this house though. My grandfather did known them.
By the mid-1990s, the house was in pretty rundown shape. ZD Winery bought it. For years now, they have maintained and harvested the beautiful vineyards. I am certain those grapes produce some awesome wine. I've had a bit of it.
The ranch house has been a rather daunting project but now that has changed.
To Be Continued...................