Feb. 2/BAKERSFIELD – At Buck Owens Crystal Palace. / Feb. 4/FREMONT – The Saddle Rack / Feb. 5/FOLSOM – – Harris Center For The Arts / Feb. 6/MODESTO – Gallo Center For The Arts
With an amazing 34 singles and ten studio albums – four of which are certified gold, one platinum, and double platinum by the RIAA – Tracy Byrd is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist! The tall Texan first hit #1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven” and has continued releasing hits “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From The Country,” “Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which went on to win the CMA Song of the Year honor. Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, “Different Things.”
Winemaker, Bryan Avila
POPE VALLEY – The historic and family-owned 120-year-old winery looks to take its wine program to new heights by bringing Bryan Avila on as the official winemaker. After serving Pope Valley Winery as a consultant since 2014, Avila officially joins the Pope Valley team full time to take on a larger, hands-on role in the winemaking process.
“Pope Valley Winery is as rich in story, character and authenticity as it gets,” said Avila. “From a winemaking standpoint, they produce rare and exciting varieties from the Napa Valley, providing me with an outlet for my artistic talents as a winemaker. The Eakles are the only millennials that I know, that are actually selling wine to millennials.”
As an international consulting winemaker, Avila’s portfolio has grown over the last 15 years to include 1,200 fermentation lots from more than 25 different grape varietals across nearly every California appellation. Prior to starting his consulting company Winecraft, with which he’s advised vintners, governments and universities all over the world, Avila served as winemaker and tenured faculty for Napa Valley College’s wine program. He’s also served as a wine judge for several wine competitions, including Sunset Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.
By having Avila at the winery on a daily basis, Pope Valley Winery also plans to offer and host new, custom wine tasting experiences, like corporate team building events. In keeping with the theme, the Pope Valley Winery brand is also undergoing a refresh. For the first time in more than a decade, the winery plans to introduce new labels this Spring. Featuring part of the original weights and measures seal from founder Ed Haus in the 1800s, the labels will pay homage to the winery’s rich Napa Valley history.