We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals and businesses that contributed to the Celebration of Life for L. Pierce Carson on June 26. We are forever indebted to Nickel & Nickel winery and partners, Beth Nickel, Larry Maguire and Dirk Hampson, for their gracious hosting of the event. The event would not have been possible without the guidance of Far Niente’s Mary Grace and the incredible management of Nickel & Nickel’s Galen Elliott.
Many thanks to BottleRock partners Dave Graham, Justin Dragoo, and Jason Scoggins for sharing their culinary director Chuck Meyer, instrumental in acquiring and working with the food purveyors. Napa Valley Vintners’ Patsy McGaughey and Cate Conniff were kind enough to notify their membership for wines to celebrate Pierce.
Thank you to restaurants and purveyors Angele, Annie the Baker, Bistro Don Giovanni, Ca’ Momi, Cole's Chop House, La Toque, Morimoto, Mustards Grill and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Napa Palisades Saloon, Tarla and Napkins, and Zuzu for providing a beautiful selection of Napa Valley’s finest delectables.
Exceptional pairings were provided by Alpha Omega Winery, Beringer Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards, Conn Creek Winery, Etude Wines, JaM Cellars, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Nichelini Family Winery, Nickel & Nickel, Napa Valley Vintners, and Robert Mondavi Winery.
In honor of Pierce, event providers Pineapple Planet Event Design, Bright Rental, Sanitation Services, and CPA Valet offered special consideration for their services.
Sincere thanks goes to Congressman Mike Thompson for the memorial proclamation read into the Congressional Record and presented at the event, to California Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and California State Senator Bill Dodd for the California State Legislature memorial resolution presentation, to the Napa County Board of Supervisors for their proclamation, and to the Napa Valley Vintners for their proclamation.
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Kind words from Jack Morgan, former publisher and president of operations of The Napa Valley Register, and comments from Julie Prince, Margrit Mondavi’s right hand for 25 years, along with special memories from attendees reinforced Pierce’s importance to the wine and food culture of the Napa Valley and demonstrated the love and respect earned in his lifelong career of support.
As proclaimed in the State Legislature resolution, Pierce was “a Napa Valley treasure of immeasurable importance. . . further lauded many times over by the people and organizations that had been the focus of his friendship and the tens of millions of words he so carefully crafted in print and pixels, Pierce set an exemplary standard in both journalism and life, a standard by which he came to be recognized for his commitment to excellence, his generous spirit, and his abiding and wholehearted love for the Napa Valley and its people.”
We thank you all for your generous and kind recognition of this gentle man.
On behalf of his “adopted family:” Martin Durand, Chris Edwards, Sasha Paulsen, Sandy Smart, Roberta Quick, Pavol Mincak, Trevor Davies, and Michael Rainey.