Hourglass, Napa Valley: Current and Upcoming Releases

    There is no single recipe for greatness when it comes to Napa wine, but starting with a great plot of land can take you a long way. The only problem is, a lot of people don't necessarily know a great plot of land when they see one. Sometimes these plots of land can be hidden in plain sight until the right person comes along to notice. When Jeff Smith's father moved the family to St.

    6 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Drought Problems? Just Have an Earthquake

    Folks in Napa and its surrounding areas are still cleaning up after the earthquake that struck the region two weeks ago. The piles of toppled barrels are being picked apart barrel after barrel to salvage those that remain intact, and repairs are being made to homes and wineries that suffered damage. The after-effects of a disaster like this are usually quite predictable.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 1, 2014

    Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a couple of nice red wines from Napa and Sonoma.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    2014 Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting: September 29, San Francisco

    Champagne will begin harvesting their grapes on Monday, September 8th this year, having recently received the official go-ahead from their appellation. And what better time to begin thinking about one of the best wine tasting events each year in San Francisco. The Champagne tasting put on by the Institute for the Masters of Wine.

    5 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest

    This morning shortly after 3:00 AM Pacific Time, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Latest measurements are somewhere between 6.0 and 6.1 on the Richter scale.

    20 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    NIMBY Versus Vineyard in Malibu

    Welcome to America's newest wine appellation, the Malibu coast. Just don't plant anything, especially not grapes. Only a matter of weeks after its approval by the federal government, the country's newest AVA may be the subject of local legislation that will not only prevent further vineyard planting in the area, but may also force some vineyards to be ripped out.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Images: Precious Droplets

    Precious Droplets Water beads on the tips of a freshly unfurled grape leaf in Sonoma County. As the 2014 harvest gets underway in the midst of a record drought, water continues to be a topic of serious conversation.

    6 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

    "I am hardcore," says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room, where the decor, the casual angle of his body and the informality of this tasting seem to belie this claim.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-21, Healdsburg, CA

    Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that they're going to Napa. But at least half the time, that's definitely not where we end up. My well meaning friends aren't the only ones who seem to forget that Northern California has many different "wine countries." Napa casts a long shadow, as it were.

    3 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    The (Still) Dismal State of California Chardonnay

    It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. In 2013, California celebrated its largest grape harvest in history, with just shy of 4.7 million tonnes crushed according to official government statistics. Chardonnay, still reigning supreme as the single most popular grape variety grown in the state, made up a full 16.

    8 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life

    At lunch the other day, my companion shared the wonderfully poignant story of his aging father, the man who inspired his lifelong love of wine. He related how, as his father approached his final days, he would ask his son to "go to the cellar and get something good.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

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