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Napa II
(APA-157: dp. 14,833 1 455', b. 62', dr. 28'1"; s. 17.7 k.; cpl. 536; a. 1 5", 12 iOmm.; cl. Haskell; T. VC2-S-AP5)

Napa (APA-157) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 123) 7 June 1944 by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Ore.; launched 12 AUgUSt 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Cranston Williams; acquired from the Maritime Commission on a loan-charter basis and commissioned 1 October 1944, Captain Franeis J. Firth in command.

Following shakedown exercises off the California coast Napa took on Seabee units at Port Hueneme and sailed, 25 November, for Hawaii on the first leg of her westward journey to the combat area in the Western Pacific. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 2 December, she was assigned to Transport Division 44, Amphibious Forees, Paeifie Fleet, and for the next month trained with units of the 4th Marine Division preparing for the invasion of Iwo Jima. On 27 January 1945, the attack transport got underway as part of TF 51. From 11 February through the 15th, she underwent further training at Tinian, departing on the 16th for the Voleano Islands.

Eight miles off Iwo Jima by dawn on the 19th, Napa commenced lowering her boats at 0641, thus allowing sufficient time for the landing craft to cover the distance to the Blue Beaches on the southeastern coast of the island for Hhour,0900. The first waves, in LVT's, went ashore on schedule, but were slowed down at the first voleanie terrace. Without protection, the marines were vulnerable to fire from Japanese pillboxes, and gun and mortar positions on higher ground to the north of the beaches. The fire from those positions, which could be knocked out only by a direct hit, soon began to take its toll and the attack transports began to move in to recelve the wounded. By noon, Napa had proceeded from the hne of departure to take on casualties. Retiring that night she returned early the next morning to continue debarking troops and cargo and to take on wounded personnel. Returning again on the morning of the 21st, she was rammed by Loqan (APA-196) at about 0445. The resulting hole in her hull, frames 88-102, was 15 feet long and extended down to a point 10 feet beyond the turn of the bilge. Fast action on the part of the crew and the remaining Marine personnel, waiting for debarkation, precluded casualties even among the evacuees; limited flooding to No. 4 hold, and prevented any fires from breaking out in that hold which contained high octane gas.

After assuring the water-tightness of the remaining holds, the "Victory" ship resumed her duties, remaining in the Iwo Jima area until the 24th. She then departed for Guam where repairs were started. On 25 March she continued to Pearl Harbor, arriving early the next month. There, Capt. F. Kent Loomis took command of the ship on 14 April. A month later Napa got underway for Seattle, whence she sailed, 20 June, for Okinawa with Army units embarked. She arrived at Maehinato Anehorage 5 August, discharged her cargo and passengers, and started back across the Pacific, reaching Saipan 14 August to receive the word of the Japanese surrender and orders to the Philippines.

Arriving in the Philippines in mid-September, she commenced transporting ocoupation troops to the Japanese home islands and former territories. After lifting elements of the 8th Army to Yokohama and 6th Marine Division personnel to Tsingtao, she sailed to Freneh Indo-China to ferry units of the 62d Chinese Army from Haiphong to Takao, Formosa. On 24 November she reported to ComPhilSeaFron for "Magic Carpet" duty, departing on the 27th for California with Army personnel on board.

Anchoring in San Francisco Bay, 16 December, she got underway again for China, 4 January 1946, returning to the United States 24 Februarv. On 1 March she departed San Diego for the east coast. She arrived at Norfolk on the 16th and decommissioned at Baltimore 24 May. She was returned to the Maritime Commission 30 May and into 1970 remains in the MARAD Reserve Fleet at James River, Va.

Napa (APA-157) received one battle star for her service during World War II.

  • the 37th prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151.
  • a balanced prime, because the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157.
  • an emirp.
  • a Chen prime.
  • the largest known prime p which p p + 1 p + 1

    +1>>> is also prime. (see OEIS: A056826 ).

  • the least irregular prime with index 2.
  • a palindromic number in bases 7 (3137) and 12 (11112).
  • a repunit in base 12, so it is a unique prime in the same base.

In base 10, 157 2 is 24649, and 158 2 is 24964, which uses the same digits. Numbers having this property are listed in OEIS: A072841 . The previous entry is 13, and the next entry after 157 is 913.

The simplest right angle triangle with rational sides that has area 157 has the longest side with a denominator of 45 digits.

Realm Cellars

Realm Cellars produced their first vintage in 2002 (made at Sherwin Family Winery by winemaker Mike Hirby). Along with their estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Realm Cellars sources fruit from a number of premium vineyards located within and around the Napa Valley including Dr. Crane, Farella and To Kalon vineyards. These vineyards are well-regarded in the industry both for the pedigree of their grapes as well as in some cases, historical significance. Both Dr. Crane and To Kalon are closely tied to the vineyard history of the Napa Valley and their specific sites combine the best in terroir and grapes to produce premium vineyards and wines.

Realm’s mission is to produce limited amounts of premium wines from Bordeaux red varietals (both blends and single vineyard wines). Original founding partner, Juan Mercado switched careers from hospital administration in the San Francisco Bay Area to working in the wine industry. This is a career change that we venture a guess to say Juan certainly has no regrets about. Managing partner, Scott Becker joined Juan in 2012 – today Scott is the owner of Realm Cellars. He has been involved in the wine industry for many years – first working at Cakebread Cellars – later for Global Wine Partners, (a company that focused on wine investements) and then for Bill Harlan to help develop PROMONTORY.

For many years, Realm did not own vineyards, and focused their efforts on securing high quality fruit from premium vineyards entirely within the Napa Valley – a “realm” of properties if you will that spans from Calistoga to Coombsville. For any vineyards they work with not under their ownership, they don’t just buy fruit – they develop a relationship with the owner or grower and play an integral part in how each vineyard is farmed. They employ their own viticulturist who works with the property owners/farmers on a full time basis. Their focus is two-fold creating red blends from various Napa vineyards with proprietary names as well as single vineyard, mostly single varietal wines.

2011 was the first vintage of Realm for their current winemaker Benoit Touquette. He is a native of Bordeaux and has a Masters degree of Enology and Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux. 2011 as it were, was an ideal vintage for him to start with at Realm. This was a much cooler year than the Napa norm, with rain late in the season and a generally cooler summer followed by a cool Fall with early rain. It was a challenging year for some vineyards in the valley – Realm’s 2011 vintage, across the board in no way reflects the general challenges with this particular harvest. These wines are stylistically plush, with plenty of fruit and are drinking well at a young age.

University of Bordeaux today

Early on Juan adopted names for each wine which reflect the writings of Shakespeare or characters that appear in his plays. In addition, the following line from the Tragedy of King Richard II is on every bottle of their wine, “This blessed plot, this earth, this REALM”.

Select Wines
The Tempest Napa Valley Red Wine is typically a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot with the dominant varietal always being Merlot. This was the first wine Realm released in 2002. The 2011 Realm Cellars The Tempest is a dark inky wine with plenty of earthy notes on the bouquet. Toasted oak, dusty blackberry aromas show along with a mouth feel that is plush, velvety and soft. The tannins are well integrated on the finish. This wine is very approachable in it’s youth.

The 2011 Realm Cellars Falstaff is 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatically this wine is pleasing, notes of tobacco, chocolate and dark fruit are revealed. The tannins show more up front on palate rather than the back – the wine shows more skin tannins than oak tannins. The mouth feel is soft and rounded with a with a finish that shows plenty of fruit as well as additional notes of toasted oak.

The 2011 Realm Cellars Bard is their highest produced wine at around 500 cases (at the time of our last update, their total production is around 6,000 cases across all their wines). This wine is made from several vineyards, usually sees around 70% Cabernet Sauvignon each year with smaller percentages of other Bordeaux based varietals. Aromatically, floral aromas show on the bouquet, pleasing aromas of violets and black currant. A hint of spice shows on the mid palate to finish – the finish is long and lingers for some time. The wine has very good structure.

The Farella Vineyard is managed by Tom Farella, long time grape grower. Realm has been sourcing fruit from this vineyard since their early years. Juan happened to see an ad in the Napa Register for fruit from this vineyard. The Farella’s sold to Robert Mondavi for many years but after the Mondavi sale to Constellation, they held back the fruit. Juan’s timing was right and fruit from this vineyard has been the backbone of their Tempest wine every year.

The vineyard is located in Coombsville, a cooler part of the valley – cool, but not as cold as nearby Carneros which is closer to the San Pablo Bay and less protected geographically than Coombsville. The vineyard is on a hillside and on a clear day you can see the outline of San Francisco’s skyscrapers far in the southern distance. The vines were planted in 1979 and are the oldest vines Realm sources from. Stylistically this wine is more Bordeaux in style than a typical up valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatically on the 2011 Realm Cellars Farella vintage (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) there is a sweet note of fruit, almost candy-like in quality that envelops the glass – along with earth notes. The palate is wonderfully in balance, is elegant and the finish lingers for some time. This is a wine that should age very well.

The 2011 Realm Cellars Dr. Crane is from the vineyard of the same name. This historic site was first planted in 1858 by San Francisco surgeon Dr. Beldon Crane – he was one of the earlier vineyard pioneers in the Napa Valley. This site is also tied to the railroad tracks that were built in the Napa Valley. These tracks used to run to Calistoga, but now stop in the northern part of St. Helena – the same tracks the Napa Valley Wine train runs on. A quarry near the vineyard supplied the rock that was used as the base for these railroad tracks. The historical significance of this vineyard does not stop here – this was St. Helena’s little Chinatown in the 1920’s during the time the California Pacific Railroad railroad was being built. The property then served as a campsite for the Chinese workers.

This vintage is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. The balance on this wine is truly remarkable. It strides a fine line between elegance and being a big wine. The bouquet is lively it’s aromas are refined and appealing showing both red and black fruit, mineralities and a hint of baking spice and black licorice. Well structured tannins anchor a rather long finish.

With a vintage of To Kalon as your first wine “out of the gate” in 2002, you set the bar high for yourself. Less than 20 producers source fruit from the Andy Beckstoffer managed part of this sizeable and historically significant vineyard. In 2002 it was extremely difficult to get fruit, today with established brands already sourcing, its next to impossible for another winery, new or established to gain access to this particular vineyard. At the time, Andy Beckstoffer took a chance on Realm and other producers with the intent that the site would make great wines regardless of who was making the wine.

The 2011 Realm Cellars To Kalon shows an opulent nose – the palate has power of flavor, structure and good acidity. The placement of the tannins on the palate is interesting and somewhat surprising – showing more on the front and sides of the palate rather than entirely on the back. Still, it is a big wine – black fruit dominates, tobacco, cassis and just a bit of toasted oak on the finish. A robust wine that still is balanced with a seamless quality that runs across the palate are trademarks of this wine.

Realm’s first ever white wine was a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc – that year it was from the Farella Vineyard. This is a wine that is varietal Sauvignon Blanc each year but rather they market it as a white wine. This allows them to play with percentages and make stylistic changes each year as needed. The 2012 Realm Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and clean it shows notes of lemon, lime and underlying nuances of lychee. Green apple on the palate with a clean finish.

And an exciting wine for Realm is Moonracer, the first wine for Realm made from grapes growing on the property. An incredible wine that collectors will want to seek out from their allocation list. And the label for this wine is remarkable – it is computer generated from data based that Realm provided for an algorithm (based on vineyard information including temperature, winds etc). This algorithm along the creative input from their graphic designer Sergio Albiac remarkably creates a unique label for every single bottle of wine.

Realm was one of the ill fated wineries to lose a bunch of wine in a wine warehouse arson fire in Mare Island in 2005 – in fact their entire 2003 vintage was lost in this fire. What a way to enter only your second year of commercial wine-making. They bounced back from this disaster – and strong connections in the valley and access to premium vineyards allowed them to quickly recover and grow their production.

They say in the wine industry it can take at least 10 years to build a small brand and metaphorically turn that small snowball rolling downhill into a bigger one. After 10 years Realm certainly became more established and was built for the long term rather than the short. So it made sense to redo their logo, general branding and look and feel of the packaging – starting with the 2012 vintage. They have put significant time and resources into developing a stronger and bolder looking logo and a unique label for each of their wines – one that is instantly recognized regardless of which wine in question.

After 18+ vintages (at the time of our latest update to this review), it feels like Realm has been re-energized not only with their branding and presentation but also with the team and continuing commitment to details and constant striving to improve the quality of wines each year.

The wines are selectively distributed – in local premium restaurants such as the French Laundry as well as through their mailing list. Visits are for serious wine enthusiasts and collectors – visits are usually with their sales and marketing director or sometimes directly with Juan. An educational component is part of a visit here – with more details on terroir and what makes each of their vineyards unique – as well as some interesting history of the valley. For more information and to join the list, visit:

IMPORTANT NOTES: at the end of 2015 Realm Cellars acquired Hartwell Winery including 20 acres of land and the existing caves in Stags Leap Wine District on what is called Wappo Hill. Since the acquisition, they have transitioned their wine making operations to this winery.

Construction continues on a contemporary redesign of the primary building on site along with the addition of a hospitality space and a replant of most of the surrounding vineyards.

Juan Mercado is no longer involved in the day to day activates at Realm Cellars – as he is currently focusing on a wine project in Paso Robles.

We will keep a close eye on their progress as they continue to develop their Wappo Hill property. Visits should resume by the end of 2021 or into 2022, once construction begins to wind down. Stay posted for future significant updates to this review.


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3. Ceja Vineyards

Amelia Moran Ceja came to Napa Valley from the Mexican state of Jalisco when she was only 12 years old. After spending much of her childhood picking merlot grapes in one of Robert Mondavi’s famous vineyards, she told her father that one day she’d own her own vineyard. Now she’s the first Mexican-American woman ever to be named president of a winery. With her family, she owns more than 110 acres and produced more than 8,000 cases a year.

In an article for USA Today, Ceja describes how one of her “mentors” once told her “people of color don’t have the discretionary income for a luxury product” like wine. But Ceja proved them wrong. Instead she’s creatively found ways to pair her wines with Mexican, Peruvian, Cuban and even Asian cuisine and has shared her passion of food and wine through her vineyard’s YouTube channel yards) My favorite video on the site? Ceja preparing Mexican pozole, paired with one of her own red blends.

Napa II APA-157 - History

Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

This CD will Exceed your Expectations

A great part of naval history.

You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Napa APA 157 cruise book during World War II. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Divisional Group Photos with Names
  • Launching and Commissioning Ceremony
  • Ships log by Date Jan 1 1945 - Dec 15, 1945
  • Hawaii , Iwo Jima, Guam, and Seattle
  • Sports and Recreation Photos
  • Loading the Troops
  • Mog Mog, Okinawa, VJ Day and Manila
  • Typical "Plan of the Day"
  • Yokohama and Tsingtao
  • Shanghai and San Diego
  • Napalogue Statistics
  • The Napa Song
  • Personnel Listing by Name and Rank

Over 185 Photos on 111 Pages

Once you view this CD you will know what life was like on this Amphibious Attack Transport during World War II.


World War II, 1944� [ edit | edit source ]

After shakedown off Santa Barbara during November, the new attack transport steamed to Pearl Harbor for two months of rigorous training with Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner's TF 51 in preparation for the assault on Iwo Jima. Departing Hawaii on 26 January 1945, the ship stopped at Saipan, to use that recently liberated rugged atoll for five more days of very realistic training. She left Saipan on 16 February and on the 19th sighted the lamb chop-shaped little island of Iwo Jima, outlined against the morning sky by the battleship barrage that had been pounding the Japanese stronghold for several days. Pulling to within 1,000 yards (900 m) of the volcanic beaches, Logan lowered all boats, completing the intricate operation in under 30 minutes. Immediately thereafter, the beachmasters, engineers, and quartermasters were quickly dispatched ashore. During the early afternoon of "D-Day", Logan began the daily routine that was to last for nine days receiving casualties from the beach to be treated by the ship's medical department and meanwhile unloading the vital combat gear as rapidly as possible to the LSMs and LSTs waiting alongside.

On 21 February 1945 at 0445 hours, The Logan rammed the USS NAPA (APA-157) along frames 98-102. The impact resulted in a 15 foot long hull breech to the NAPA, and extended 10 feet beyond the turn of the bilge. With Minimal damage done to the Logan, she continued her service in Iwo Jima until she received her departure orders. With 200 wounded soldiers resting comfortably in sick bay, the ship departed Iwo Jima on 28 February. Stopping briefly at Saipan, she made Guam on 4 March and debarked the casualties. The next day she sailed back to Saipan to prepare for the assault on Okinawa.

Following three weeks of extensive rehearsals off Saipan and Tinian with Rear Admiral Wright's TG 51.2, Logan steamed to Okinawa to feint an assault on the southeastern coast on 1 April, diverting the enemy's attention from the real attack which was made successfully on the western coast during the same day. The same maneuver was again successful the following day. For the next six days, Rear Admiral Wright's group laid off Okinawa, fully prepared, if needed, to reinforce the gallant men already ashore. By 11 April the success of the campaign was assured, and the task group steamed back to Saipan.

Logan maintained her combat readiness with amphibious exercises off Saipan and in the New Hebrides. Leaving Nouméa, New Caledonia, on 17 July, the ship made the Marianas the 26th, embarked more, than 1,500 passengers and 200 casualties from Saipan, Guam, and Tinian, and sailed for the United States. She reached San Francisco on 13 August, two days before the Japanese surrender.

After V-J Day the tremendous job of occupying Japan and bringing home the veteran troops still faced the Navy. Consequently Logan departed San Francisco on 23 August to embark troops at Pearl Harbor for occupation duty in Japan. She arrived at Honshū on 27 September. On 10 October she proceeded to the Philippines, thence to the Marshall Islands, embarking 1,932 military passengers for the passage home. The ship arrived Seattle on 27 October 1945.

In November and again in January 1946, Logan made "Magic Carpet" runs to the Philippines to bring the boys home. She was released from "Magic Carpet" on 6 March, decommissioned on 27 November 1946, and joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Francisco.

Korean War, 1951� [ edit | edit source ]

Logan recommissioned on 10 November 1951, during the height of the Korean War. After shakedown and refresher training off San Diego, the attack transport departed for Yokosuka, Japan, on 9 April 1952, and arrived 26 April. Three weeks later she moved to Sasebo on the west coast of Japan. From there the ship made a quick 200-mile (300 km) cargo run to Koje-do Harbor, Korea, on 19 May, and returned to Sasebo the next morning.

On 25 June, after returning from Hong Kong, the ship left Sasebo for landing exercises at Inchon, scene of the brilliant amphibious assault during October 1950. Following realistic training in this setting, Logan proceeded to the west coast via Sasebo and Yokosuka. She arrived Long Beach on 24 August 1952.

Following nearly a year of amphibious operations, the ship again departed San Diego for Yokosuka on 3 July 1953, just after the s:Korean Armistice Agreement. She made Yokosuka on 25 July. During October she returned to Korea for extensive, month-long amphibious exercises at Inchon. For the next months she operated around Sasebo, then commenced roundabout passage home, stopping at Hong Kong, Manila, Guam, and Pearl Harbor. She arrived Long Beach on 23 April 1954.

During the remainder of 1954, Logan exercised with the amphibious forces off the west coast. In January 1955, she steamed to Seattle for inactivation. The ship decommissioned on 14 June 1955 and joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Francisco. She was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1960 and transferred to the Maritime Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, where she remained into 1969.

Logan received two battle stars for World War II service and one for Korean service.

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The Masterpiece

It took more than 8,000 tons of hand-chiseled local stone and nearly one million antique bricks imported from Europe to complete the castle. More than 200 containers of old materials and furnishings were shipped over from Europe to decorate the interior. The construction took 15 years and opened to the public on April 7, 2007.

Today, Castello di Amorosa is considered an architectural masterpiece with all the elements of an authentic medieval castle: a moat, drawbridge, five towers, high defensive ramparts, courtyards and loggias, a chapel, stables, an armory, and even a torture chamber. 107 rooms in total, no rooms alike.

Containing some of the most beautiful vaulted wine cellars in the world, Castello di Amorosa has fulfilled Dario’s dream of producing superior quality wines with the same love and attention to detail that went into building his castle.

Image on right: Castello di Amorosa seen from the fall-colored vineyards.

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Take in the picturesque scenery as you sip world-class wines. Join us in celebrating the 45th anniversary of the monumental Judgment of Paris all year long and enjoy an experience at our historic winery.

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