A winemaker's lawsuit against Napa County is about more than sour grapes

When Jayson Woodbridge, a former Canadian infantryman turned banker, changed careers and founded a winery in Napa Valley in 1998, he named it Hundr...

December 2, 2022
8:38 PM

When Jayson Woodbridge, a former Canadian infantryman turned banker, changed careers and founded a winery in Napa Valley in 1998, he named it Hundred Acre. The name was a tribute to A.A. Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh' and was meant to evoke carefree whimsy. More recently, however, Mr Woodbridge has been pondering a different sort of fiction: that of Franz Kafka, famous for his portrayals of labyrinthine bureaucracy. In October Mr Woodbridge sued Napa County in a state court for 'administrative overreach', accusing it of creating 'mountainous red tape and endless bureaucratic obstacles' for him and other vineyard owners.

The Economist