Napa Valley sign at sunset.

Napa Valley, Part 2

See Part 1 here! Napa Valley may be a giant in the world of wine, but its actual wine production is relatively small. The floor of Napa Valley is only 30 miles long and 5 miles across with 46,000 acres under cultivation all over Napa. To put that in context, the wine growing region of…

Napa Valley Map

Napa Valley, Part 1

A near-perfect climate combined with proximity to bustling San Francisco have made Napa Valley the premier wine region in the New World. Beginnings: Pioneers Grape production in Napa Valley began in the nineteenth century with George C. Yount. Yount’s vineyard grew to encompass land that included what is now Rutherford, Oakville, and Yountville, now considered…

A n image of a wine label with the text Understanding French Wine Labels overlaid.

How to Read a French Wine Label

Learn how to read and understand French wine labels with this handy guide. Bottling Location: where the wine was bottled. Estate: the name of the Chateau or Estate where the wine is from. Type of Wine: the specific type of wine in the bottle. Vintage: the year the grapes were harvested. Classification: the wine or…