Archive for the ‘Napa’ Category

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Napa Valley Vintner Stuart Smith Supporting “No On C” with a Blog Devoted to Preservation

Stuart Smith has gathered in depth background materials for “No On C and Napa County’s environment” at www.stopmeasurec.com. The Webpage opens with what’s most concerning for this measure: “Because Measure C was created in secret, the only public airing of the Measure has been mailings, street signs, ads and letters to our local newspapers.  Even […]

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Rutherford Dust Society Immersive Wine Experience May 4 and 5, 2018

If you’ve been holding out until the last minute, time is now fleeting, but there’s still today and tomorrow to sign up, BUT… no later than Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The Rutherford Appellation The Rutherford viticultural area is located in the historic heart of the Napa Valley. It’s known world-wide for its signature “Rutherford dust,” […]

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Ron Rubin Winery Trained for “Saving Lives” Program expands to include all of NORTH COAST

Ron Rubin, of Ron Rubin Winery, had exclusively funded a program for saving lives in only Sonoma County. In collaboration with the American Red Cross and ZOLL Medical Corporation, this program has now received numerous requests from other American Viticultural Areas. Ron Rubin Winery, American Red Cross, and ZOLL are pleased to announce their expanded […]

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Twentieth Annual Vineyard to Vintner in Stags Leap District

I highly recommend this event. Past adventures, for instance. Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017 Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017 Magic Cellar Rendezvous ~ Celebrating Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District ~ Part 2 If Napa is Disneyland of Wine, Then Disney Lives on at Silverado Vineyards An Alice […]

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Napa at Last Light ~ Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway

Where to begin, where will it end? I was asked to review James Conaway’s book Napa at Last Light. Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway. This is, no doubt, the most controversial book I’ve ever read about our beloved wine business. Because this business is so agriculturally based, and I’ve been […]

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Petite Sirah – The State of the State, with Matt Moye of Vincent Arroyo

Here’s some Petite Sriah insight from Mathew (Matt) Moye of Vincent Arroyo: With Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon commanding an AVERAGE of $7,500 per ton, how can I put out a $40.00/per bottle Cabernet? How many people are buying $70.00+ Cabs? How did we get this expensive so fast? Is this sustainable? We’ve jumped almost $2,000 […]

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A RARE Opportunity to Taste Artisan Napa Valley Cabs on February 24

[Photo from winery sites. First photo: Herb Lamb Vineyards] Over the years, as I look back, I’ve come to realize that my calling has always been to champion the underdogs. And I write “underdogs” with the utmost respect. I see talent and I know potential. I came to first realize my gift when I couldn’t […]

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Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018

Tickets are $45.00, and are being sold through Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masters-of-petite-petite-sirah-panel-tasting-walk-around-reception-registration-42239920740

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Wine and Spirits Books of 2017 That Belong in Any Great Wine (book) Library

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2017 Wine and Spirits Books. And, here’s headed to your Black Friday shopping… A Vineyard in Napa, by Doug Shafer, Fills in an Important Historical Napa Timeline […]

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I feel like I was just knocked out ~ Pocket Fire in Geyserville

What the 12-day, California wine country experience many of us just had: some were longer with more devastation, some were shorter, with minor problems. Bottom line: ask anyone involved in this perfect, epic fire storm, and they’ll tell you that they’ve been traumatized. This is my own exhausting story. During that time, I didn’t have […]