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Bob Foley's Not Just a Wine Rock Star

Photo by: Greg Gorman

Posted: Dec 13, 2007 1:04pm ET

There are times when you wonder how someone like Bob Foley gets it all done.

He seems the quintessential wine man in motion, with a plate full enough to feed three Bobs.

Yet for all his enological dynamics—Robert Foley Vineyards, Hourglass and Switchback Ridge wines, which he makes at his winery on Howell Mountain—and still playing a consulting role with Pride Mountain Vineyard, he makes time for what looks like a full-time gig as an aspiring rock star.

Yesterday he stopped by our office in Napa, dropping off some wine samples for review and visited with our MaryAnn Worobiec, who talked to him about his new CD, title Paperboy.

The story behind Paperboy, as Foley explains in this video, is that as a teen, he met his future fellow band members—drummer Mike Greene and bass player Dave McCullough—while delivering the Oakland Tribune to their home. Today they record and tour as the Robert Foley Band. That is, when he’s not stirring the lees …



Richard Robertson
Charleston, SC —  December 13, 2007 8:11pm ET
If his music is as good as his wine then watch out... Love the Claret, Charbono, Petite Sirah and now the Merlot. Keep it going and rock on, do you raise a wine glass or a lighter at his concerts, or one of each?
James Laube
Napa, CA —  December 13, 2007 8:14pm ET
Both...
Don R Wagner
Illinois —  December 14, 2007 6:47am ET
Hi, We continue to really enjoy all of Bob's wines - he's consistently outstanding across the board regardless of variatal, site or vintage - it should also be mentioned that his wife Kelly is great at managing the business (she is also alot prettier - sorry, Bob) - Jim, will we see your thoughts on the 05 Foley Merlot soon??? We are holding it since it's a "baby" and we are still working on our 04's - do you think it's ready to try over the Holidays? Rgds & thanks for the Blog, Don & Alida
Jesse Salazar
New York, New York —  December 14, 2007 2:54pm ET
Don:The Merlot is heady stuff though I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you open one for the holidays. Full disclosure, I'm at USQ Wines in NY. We hosted Bob and The Band last weekend. The Merlot was opened along with cellar treasures (Hourglass 2001, Claret 1999, Switchback 2002s...) - needless to say all of our guests enjoyed all of the wines very much.

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