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Schramsberg drama continues

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 3:32 pm in Uncategorized.

I’m saddened by the continued lawsuit John Davies has brought on his mother Jamie Davies, who owns the pioneering sparkling house Schramsberg, in addition to being trustee of her late husband’s will.

Aren’t your two offshore multimillion-dollar hedge funds enough?

I’m also a little irked by the Chronicle’s tabloid-esque A-1 story “Bitter Harvest” (cue “Dynasty” score) January 18 on the family’s woes. While the coverage is thorough and well-reported, I doubt 72-year-old Jamie Davies needed the world to know she suffers from acute Parkinson’s Disease, and that she takes anti-depressants, sedatives and tranquilizers.

It’s another example of how some overly glamorize Napa Valley, turning vintners into soap opera stars. This is one of the most starched and well-respected families in the Val. That said, I guess I shouldn’t go off too much. I’ll go see “Bottle Shock.” I’m just saying.

A brief recap: The original suit was filed in August by middle son John Davies, who lives in Moscow. John claims his mother is not mentally fit to do her job as trustee and violates the trust by favoring her younger son, Hugh, who is president of Schramsberg, over John and eldest son Bill, who lives in the Valley, and minority shareholders. John wants his share of the Schrammy pie.

In November, a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that Jamie Davies was not fit to be trustee, and that as trustee, she does not have to answer to her sons. But John Davies is not giving up and appealing the decision in the state’s First District Court of Appeal. He certainly has the money to.

Thoughts? Send them my way.

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