Places: From Napa Valley to Cuba
Mick Winter traveled around the world in the Army, serving as a language specialist and intelligence officer, and he lived in Vancouver, B.C. for many years. He also had a fascination with Cuba, which became the subject of several of his books and websites. After moving to the Napa Valley in 1981, he became an expert on the region. In the 1990s, Mick wrote what at one time was the only guidebook on the region, The Napa Valley Book, and developed its companion website, Napa Valley Online. The site was a comprehensive compendium of services that linked locals to everything from the best wineries and restaurants to real-time breaking news reports from public agencies. The site was a virtual information hub for all things Napa. For five years he worked in the computer department at The Doctors Company helping to establish their Internet presence.