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 e...

    16 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    A family winery bites the dust

      It’s always sad when an old, little family winery shuts its doors, as Milat Vineyards & Winery is set to do by the end of this month. I never formally reviewed any of their wines, because they never sent me tasting samples. They didn’t have a high profile in Napa Va...

    14 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      WBC 14: Best Wines

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell - - 14 readers - This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most importa...

      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...

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      A day in coastal California’s micro-climates

      … is part of Jackson Family Wines’ portfolio. It’s on Tubbs Lane; nearby are Summers, Chateau Montelena, Tamber Bey and others. This is the warmest part of Napa Valley, its northwestern-most pocket, where the cooling influence from the Bay pretty much fizzles out. Bo Barrett once told me that there’s something he calls “the Calistoga Gap…

      1 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      A Rosé by Any Other Name ….

      … …might be called the Isabel Mondavi Deep Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, and in case any of you winemakers out there are thinking, “What a great name! I think I’ll use ‘deep rose’ for my label,” there’s a little trademark symbol that protects the name from other use. Anyway, this is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, from vineyards…

      2 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Exploring Cabernet Franc — Cornerstone Cellars

      … tasting room located in the heart of Yountville, in California’s Napa Valley. Cornerstone Cellars was founded in 1991, but remained small and under the radar until 2007.  That’s when owner Mike Dragutsky partnered up with Craig Camp, and the two of them brought in Jeff Keene as their winemaker, to see where they could take Cornerstone…

      3 readers - By Vindulge

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

      … different virtuous circles” [professionals from various occupations] resulting in “the dominance of the best-known wines.” Let’s break it down by taking Napa Valley as an example of a successful area. Michaux surely is onto something when she suggests that “an alchemy of circles” is at least partly responsible for Napa’s success. These circles…

      16 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      5 Napa Valley Hot Spots to Get Your Wine and Game On

      … Cards Against Humanity, Settlers of Catan, Backgammon, are your ready to get your game on and your wine on this Summer? Here’s a round-up of the best places in the Napa Valley to share a sip of wine and show off your skills at the same time. CADE Estate CADE Estate Winery, the first organically farmed LEED Gold Certified estate winery in Napa…

      7 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      In the future, everyplace will be “the next Napa” for 15 minutes

      … California, Mexico, has the potential to become ‘the next Napa Valley’…”. I did a quick Google search on “the next Napa” and it resulted in 9,170 hits. The first was called “5 Reasons why Lodi, California is the Next Napa Valley.” Another is headlined “Texas Hill Country: The Next Napa?” (I like the way it hedges its bets with that strategic little…

      12 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      The Napa Valley is booming

      … 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. Yes, the Napa Valley is booming, and it is only going to get busier…

      11 readers - By Wine Country Getaways

      Being Re-Introduced to Robert Mondavi Wines

      … Ok, I'm calling myself out - I've been a wine snob. I know I know, it goes against all of The Wine Key's principles and don't get me wrong, I've always respected Robert Mondavi for his pioneering principles which helped to put Napa Valley and fellow winemakers on an international stage. But throughout the most recent decade, you will have…

      2 readers - By The Wine Key's Blog

      Napa for Normal People

      … under: California Wineries, Foodie, Restaurant, Terroir, Wine Tagged: calistoga, continuum estates, frog's leap, international guild of sommeliers, john williams, jole restaurant, napa, napa valley, press restaurant, tim mondovi …

      5 readers - By binNotes | a wine blog

      Sophia Loren Brings the Stars Out in Napa Valley

      … Photos by Jon Orlin On Saturday night stars were shining at Far Niente Winery for an evening of Bella Italia! A Tribute to Sophia Loren, the most coveted ticket at this year’s Festival del Sole.   This just may be the most star-studded night in the nine seasons of the of festival.  Napa Valley is used to its share of celebrities…

      7 readers - By WineFashionista

      Tess and Barb – Episode #306

      … In this episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark reviews wine he purchased via Underground Cellar. Underground Cellar is an online wine service that offers deals with a time limit. The deal is one price that is equivalent to the least expensive wine in the deal with the chance of scoring an upgrade to a higher priced wine. Wines reviewed are the Non…

      3 readers - By Video Wine Reviews and Education - 1337 Wine

      A family winery bites the dust

      …   It’s always sad when an old, little family winery shuts its doors, as Milat Vineyards & Winery is set to do by the end of this month. I never formally reviewed any of their wines, because they never sent me tasting samples. They didn’t have a high profile in Napa Valley, and perhaps didn’t want one; as the Napa Valley Register, which…

      14 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      WBC 14: Best Wines

      …, and desserts, these 11 wines stood out to me. Maybe they’ll do the same for you. In no particular order…. 1. Charles Krug 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley I gave this wine, the last one I tried during the white wine liveblogging session, my highest rating of the weekend, though I suspect #11 below might beat it had I taken the time to write down my…

      14 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Interview with Doug Shafer at Shafer Vineyards

      … the incredible 2012 Hillside Select at the 2014 Napa Valley Barrel Auction, I felt compelled to get in touch with Doug and learn more about his story. Stag’s Leap District is one of the most prestigious areas – how did your father find such fantastic land? Actually, he often refers to it as ‘dumb luck.’ At first, he investigated Paso Robles…

      6 readers - By A Wine Story
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