Bishop Michael Barber is the spiritual leader of the 550,000 Catholics in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. He is also, it seems, a vigneron. Not like “Archbishop Vigneron,” who is leader of the Detroit archdiocese; rather, Bishop Barber can claim the title because of a most unusual vineyard owned and operated by the diocese. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California, which is the property of the Oakland diocese, has begun production of fine wines.
Ten years ago, the cemetery—located in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco—planted its first grapevines. The motivation was not the production of pinot noir and chardonnay, but was the serendipitous result of a cost-cutting measure: While...READ MORE