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Vineyards,Wine Country,Winery

Napa Valley Images ~ Slow News Thursday

These images are worth sharing from my Napa travels, for anyone who enjoys photos as much as text.

The image above is of antique wine glasses found at Clos Pegase Winery. Jan and Mitsuko Shrem have traveled the world and brought back many pieces of original art and artifacts, making their winery a museum of the wine country sort. Anyone who loves art – along with food and wine – will love the Clos Pegase experience.

The vineyard above was taken at Goosecross Cellars. I took this the day I visited my friend, and former colleague from Robert Mondavi Winery, Nancy Hawks Miller. She’s the Director of Education at this small family owned and operated Napa Valley winery. This winery offers great wine education in a fun, enjoyable setting.

Markham Vineyards is on Highway 29 in Calistoga. First impressions count, and the Asian influences of ownership are subtly beautiful.

With a great architectural entry, the walkway to their tasting room has inviting ponds on either side with fountains, waterfalls, flora, and fish, making a visit to Markham very peaceful and inviting, even before you enjoy their wines.

This is a Hall hallway. Hall Winery has two locations, St. Helena and Rutherford. HALL Rutherford is Craig and Kathryn Hall’s stunning winery high up into the hills of Napa. This is a private winery, so call first. This particular hallway has artifacts that line it in small alcoves. It reminds me of Clos Pegase’s wine cellar.

The above image is a view from Girard Winery, in the Vaca Mountain range near the top of Pritchard Hill. This is a typical fog shot, where Napa Valley isn’t always defined by bright, sunny days with high temperatures. Here, things quietly slow down in mezoclimates.

Spring in Viader ‘s vineyards: Viader Winery is Delia Viader’s premier Napa winery, where she produces proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon blends. The winery is located on Deer Park Road, 1,200 feet above the Napa Valley floor just northeast of St. Helena on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain.

Robert Biale Vineyards sits on the valley floor on the southern end of Napa Valley, and off the Silverado Trail. The folks at Biale, Aldo and Robert Biale, Dave Pramuk (marketing partner), and Al Perry (winemaker) are just wonderful people who make great, cult wine. Markham, Girard, and Biale are all members of the PS I Love You group, so we’ve been working together now for years. That group has opened the door to many, many rewarding relationships… Biale has been one of my greatest supporters since the beginning of the group.

Last, but not least, are these vineyards that are placed against the Vaca Mountains, adjacent to Far Niente’s vineyards. This one sells fruit to Far Niente’s Chardonnay program.

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