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…

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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…

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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…

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10 DIY Wine Racks

We’ve put together a list of 10 wine racks anyone can make! A home wine rack is a great solution to short term wine bottle storage. Even better, you can easily make one yourself! These are just a few beautiful designs to get you started! Wall Wine Holder from Rogue Engineer This simple design is…

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How We Ship Your Wine

Here at Prime Cellar, we do everything we can to ensure that the wine you order from us gets to you in perfect condition. The first step is a quick weather check. When We Ship During summer and winter, wine shipped across the country can be exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations leading to undesirable off…

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Best Wine Resources

Here at Prime Cellar, we read a lot about wine: ratings, reviews, blogs, and news. We thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorite sites with you. Without further ado, here is the Prime Cellar 2019 Wine Resource Roundup. Reviews and Ratings Cellartracker has crowd-sourced ratings and a way to keep track of…

What is Dry White Wine?

What is Dry White Wine?

The first thing to know about dry white wine is that the dryness doesn’t come from the grape. Dry white wine is a style of wine that certain wines (and certain grapes) are traditionally made in. So, how do they make a wine dry or sweet? It’s all about the winemaking process. As grapes ferment,…