The Napa Valley Wine Library Association (NVWLA) was founded in 1963 to preserve and disseminate information regarding viticulture, enology and wine lore, particularly as it pertains to Napa Valley.

St. Helenans and the UC Davis libraries donated books and materials to form the core of the Wine Library collection, housed in the St. Helena Public Library.

The Association has met its mission over the years with the further development of its Napa Valley Wine Library Collection at St. Helena Public Library, an Annual Tasting, an evolving program of wine education, and the launch of its seasonal REPORT.

 Wine Library Collection

The Library has amassed a fine collection of a variety of materials related to wine. Resources on Napa Valley wine are our specialty, but the NVWL Collection encompasses all the wine-producing areas of California, the United States and the world.

The Collection is particularly strong in:

  • Popular books about all aspects of wine written from the 1950s up to the present
  • Basic winemaking manuals for professionals
  • Rare wine books from the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Transcripts of oral interviews with individuals in the local wine community.

In recent years, the focus of the collection has changed slightly to better accommodate the needs of students and people involved in all aspects of the wine industry, including wine marketing and retail sales.

Barney’s Backyard

In the year 2000 the Napa Valley Wine Library Association planted a small vineyard (91 vines) on the back corner of the St. Helena Public Library property. The vineyard was named in honor the Association’s first president, Dr. Bernard L. Rhodes.

Barney’s Backyard’s traditional “mixed black” composition (Petite Syrah with a smattering of Carignane and Zinfandel) matches the adjacent heritage vineyard (planted between 1882 and 1945), which belongs to the City and is leased to Turley Wine Cellars. Turley ‘s winemaker Tegan Passalacqua includes our vineyard’s yield in its “Library Vineyard” Petite Syrah.

A share of this outstanding wine is bottled in magnums by Turley and given to NVWLA each year; NVLWA, in turn, gives this wine to fund-raising events which benefit education in Napa Valley.

2017 Board of Directors


  • Carolyn Martini, President
  • Cameron Crebs, Vice President
  • Julie Dickson, Secretary
  • Bob Dye, Treasurer


  • Bret Blyth
  • Jeff Davis
  • Brian DeWitt
  • Dale Brown (Emeritus)

Executive Secretary

  • Jane Skeels


  • Diana Stockton

Advisory Board

  • Rich Blanton
  • Axel Borg
  • Jim Cross
  • Megan Foley
  • Chris Howell
  • Kaethy Kennedy
  • Chris Kreiden
  • Robert Long
  • Tom May
  • Carole Meredith
  • Angelina Mondavi
  • ALex Myers
  • Miel Price Novak
  • Jack Oliver
  • Bob Pecota
  • Allen Price
  • Michaela Rodeno
  • Craig Root
  • Brian St.Pierre
  • Kevin Sheedy
  • Bob Thompson
  • John Thoreen
  • John Trinidad
  • Bobbie Vierra
  • Teresa Wall

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