Napa Valley

    Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

      If the definition of insanity (as Albert Einstein is reputed to have said) is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results, then I must be insane for delving yet again into a discussion about the meaning of terroir—even when I know that such exercises will result in utter futility, as they always do.

    16 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys

    Drew Hendricks MS and James Tidwell MS: Founders of TEXSOM Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys We all have these guys (Drew Hendricks and Jame Tidwell) to thank them for creating what is today…TEXSOM! It started small and grew from it’s humble roots ten years ago to the preeminent position it has today.

    15 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      The Napa Valley is booming

      Wine Country Getaways - - 11 readers - If you have been traveling in the Napa Valley this summer you may have noticed that traffic is heavier, restaurants and lodging more crowded, and tasting rooms jammed. The North Bay Business Journal reports that tourism in the Valley is up 68% since the recession low in 2009.

      Domaine Chandon & étoile: #Napa’s Classic, Stars

      Vinopanion - - 9 readers - The Chevalière of the French bubbly scene in Napa is the elegant and indomitable, Domaine Chandon (WL, FB, Tw).  It is the first French foray into domestic bubbly by the esteemed Moët & Chandon in 1973; the producer of arguably the most famous Champagne in the world: Dom Pérignon. Indeed, when many consumers think of sparkling wine in the US, they think of the name “Chandon.

      A King of Cabs

      Luscious Lushes - - 9 readers - There are few grapes that are as well known in Napa Valley as Cabernet Sauvignon.  Most every winery makes at least one, and every sub appellation vies for the best, the most unique, the most impactful, fruit to make this king of wines out of. Faust celebrates an ongoing, and renewed, passion for Agustin Huunees, that a great wine must be a reflection of a great vineyard.

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      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      …, Bordeaux. Definitive for the vintage and the chateau; tasted at a trade event in Memphis sometime in 1985; tasted again in New York, October 1991. 10. Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1980, Napa Valley. Purchased at Sherry-Lehmann in NYC, for $20.50(!); consumed with Easter dinner in Memphis, April 1986. 11. Silver Oak Cabernet…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

      …Bright straw color. How do we say this? The initial aromatics demonstrate an herbal, pastural quality. But, once we get past that, this white provides ample grapefruit and note of tangerine, along with varietal trademark grassiness. There is a decent balance between a creamy texture and crisp acidity. Pair this wine with off-beat, herbed dishes…

      By Wine Lines

      Lessons Mayacamas and Inglenook (may) teach us

      … dates to the 1800s, is conceded by Francis Coppola: that although he was making 90 point-plus wines, Rubicon never achieved the status of First Growth of Napa, according to the critics. So while Francis says he disdains point scores, his shakeup at Rubicon/Inglenook suggests that he really doesn’t. Myself? I had more respect than love for Mayacamas…

      6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Caymus, Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California, 2011, 15.2% abv, C$46.00

      … Owned for 40 years in Rutherford, California by the Wagner family, the Caymus wines are some of the most dependable and tasty produced in Napa Valley. Over the course of time, they’ve diversified with several product lines and quality levels.  The Caymus wines comprise their top tier – followed by Mer Soleil, Connundrum, Belle Glos and Emmolo…

      3 readers - By winellama

      Pinot Noir & Chardonnay I: Gallegos Wines

      …, occasionally in groups. There’s a good chance that My Readers have not heard of Gallegos Wines. The close-knit family released its first wines only last year, but its roots in Napa Valley — figuratively and literally — go back three generations. The wine industry in California could not exist without the labor of the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Freemark Abbey Napa Valley

      … extensive library collections in the Valley and guests can enjoy a memorable tasting of these called “Decades.” Other tastings offered are: Classic Tasting $20 Cabernet Comparative Tasting $30 Wine and Cheese Pairing $25 Chocolate Truffle Pairing $30 The winery is located north of the town of St. Helena at 3022 St. Helena Highway. To schedule a tasting, call 800-963-9698. You won’t be disappointed! The post Freemark Abbey Napa Valley appeared first on Wine Country Getaways. …

      By Wine Country Getaways

      Domaine Chandon & étoile: #Napa’s Classic, Stars

      …, volcanic mound of a hill is the base support for all things Chandon.  The winery’s rolling rooftops fit in seamlessly with the rolling foothills along that western edge of the Napa Valley. Crossing the bridge over the pond, you enter the gift shop, but the real fun is upstairs where a giant open-walled tasting room. Flowing winery roof, presented…

      9 readers - By Vinopanion

      2002 Dominus Estate Christian Moueix I’m a Christian...

      … 2002 Dominus Estate Christian Moueix I’m a Christian Moueix fangirl and I’m not afraid to show it! This wine is epic every time. Fruit leather and ripe, ripe fruit on the nose along with tobacco, leather, mint, eucalyptus, vanilla, dill, clove, mixed color peppercorns, plums, prunes, and cocoa. Just on the nose! Beautiful palate of cassis, plum, tobacco, leather, and mint with a green pepper finish! 5/5 bones $$$$$ Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot 14.1% abv Napa Valley, California, USA …

      4 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Sock It To Me!

      … Imagine drinking some of Napa’s best Cabernet Sauvignon without spending a small fortune. “Liar,” you say to me. Not so. Punch Vineyardsis a unique animal – they source their Cabernet from various vineyards from Napa, even Sonoma and elsewhere if need be, to craft an excellent wine without the overhead and costs of having…

      1 readers - By Boozehoundz

      Cairdean rises above the mainstream

      … Janelle and Joe tour Cairdean Estate with Edwin Williams What new winery in the Napa Valley can boast that they have a restaurant, a bakery cafe & deli, extended tasting room hours, a separate merchandise store, and an event center for hosting weddings and corporate events? None, except for Cairdean Estate. Stacia and Ed Williams…

      7 readers - By Wine Country Getaways

      Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys

      … the Big Three: Exciting Regions of the U.S. Beyond the West Coast (Texas has to be in this one!) A History of Napa Valley Pathways to Blind Tasting On Monday, I have three more, including: Regional Focus: Germany Today Regional Focus: Franciacorta (a section of the Province of Brescia in the Italian Region of Lombardy) Iconic…

      15 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog
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