Autumn Wine

Autumn Wines

Autumn is here and although we’ll miss the cookouts, swimming pools, and vacations, there’s a lot to look forward to as the seasons change such as family holidays, fall weather, and the gorgeous changing foliage. While we’re not quite ready to break out the Cabernet, one important consolation of summer’s end is the chance to…

Napa Harvest Traditions

Napa Valley Harvest Traditions

Harvest time in Napa Valley is a whirlwind of hard work that sweeps up almost every one in a veritable crush of activity. Somewhere in that great grape maelstrom, a sense of shared commitment and celebration is forged. Slowly, traditions form around the tempo of the harvest. Blessed Blessing the Grapes: one of the oldest…

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…

The Perfect Score

Wine rating systems can be a touchy subject. Some people swear by them and some swear at them. We might not all agree on whether using a 100-point rating system like Robert Parker’s is the best way to know what wine you should buy. When a 100-point wine does come along, however, we can all…

More Wines for Summer

Temperatures are skyrocketing and the only solution is to roll up your sleeves, get out a big old ice bucket and fill it with some summer stunners to help ward off the heat: From the new California School of wine makers, Arnot Roberts focuses on pure and lighter styles of winemaking in California and provides…

Summer Wines

2004 KISTLER CHARDONNAY HYDE, CARNEROS $98/bottle 94-96 points, Robert Parker Always a show-stopper in terms of aromatics, the flowery 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers hints of smoky hazelnuts, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, buttered apples, and white currants. With exuberant fruit, full body, terrific definition and precision, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 6-8…