DAVE PRAMUK AND BOB BIALE - ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS - 25TH HARVEST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON 8/22
HISTORY THE BIALE FAMILY
For over seventy years beginning in 1937 the Biale family has grown Zinfandel and a variety of produce on their farm located on the outskirts of the town of Napa. A large population of white leghorn chickens once produced a steady supply of eggs that a young Aldo Biale regularly delivered around town to customers. Most of the Zinfandel grapes were sold to Napa wineries but some grapes were reserved so Aldo could make homemade wine for family and relatives. In 1953 Aldo met his future wife Clementina while on a trip to Italy where his mother, Christina was from. Aldo and Clementina were soon married and began raising their family in Napa in 1954.
HISTORY THE BLACK CHICKEN
Along with the eggs and produce, a teenaged Aldo began discreetly selling his homemade wine to a few wine-loving Napans. Because his rural home phone was a “PARTY LINE” frequented by nosy eavesdroppers, enterprising Aldo used a code name whereby his customers could order wine without the risk of revealing his secret Zinfandel operation. Thus “Black Chicken” was born – the nickname for a jug of homemade wine from young Aldo’s barrels hidden in the barn.
Dave Pramuk was born and raised in Napa in a medical family. After graduation from CSU Chico and newspaper work, he began a career working in sales and public relations at Napa Valley wineries. A Founding Partner in Robert Biale Vineyards and lifelong friend of Bob Biale all the way back to grammar school, Dave is a board member of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and active in Appellation St. Helena, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers and Petite Sirah’s P.S. I Love You. Dave is responsible for the Biale winery’s marketing, sales, and communications.
Bob Biale was born and raised in Napa and started driving a tractor at the age of seven. With his brothers and father Aldo, they together worked to maintain the family’s tradition of growing Zinfandel. A Founding Partner in Robert Biale Vineyards and an active member of the Napa County Farm Bureau, Bob is responsible for the Biale family vineyards, the Biale winery vineyards and the numerous other vineyards that the winery sources from in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
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