Archive for the Tag 'Napa County California'

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Wine scores and reviews: those who write them and those who need them

Wine scores: This was one of my very first stories on my wine blog… It was written on February 5, 2006. And, it was a very daring move for the time, because I knew it could enrage a few people. I wrote it, because I was so frustrated with salespeople who wanted to just take […]

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Napa Valley Royalty for your Sweetheart from Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong is a respected wine judge and BevMo!‘s Cellar Master. His palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you’d like to […]

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Three CHARDONNAY picks from Wilfred Wong, Cellar Master at BevMo!

I Hope Chardonnay is on your radar screen.

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Napa Valley Iconic Wineries

Napa Valley Iconic Wineries is a gorgeous coffee table book about noteworthy wines and artisan vintners. It’s published by Panache, and is another great example of really fine workmanship and story telling. I’ve written about two other Panache books in the past, and I love each one of them as favorites in my wine book […]

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Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

The earliest history of grape growing in Suisun Valley can be traced back to Mae Fisher Purcell. Mae wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: When […]

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What’s happening to the wine blog world?

What’s happening to the wine blog world? Attrition. It reminds me of my college classes. We’d start the year with 40 students in the class, and by the end of the semester, we’d be down to half that size. The only class that didn’t go that way, and actually seemed to grow, was the Wine […]

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The Most Significant Planting of Zinfandel in Our Modern Era, by Dave Pramuk

According to Dave Pramuk, Robert Biale’s co-founder and marketing strategist, “Robert Biale Vineyards is delighted with this project – the most significant planting of Zinfandel in Napa Valley in our modern era. In the pioneering days of California viticulture, Zinfandel was the grape of choice across the state. In Napa Valley, Zinfandel once comprised over […]

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This whole Indian casino in Napa Valley controversy, and the residents reeling in indignation just cracks me up…

[Image is borrowed from the Native Americans Website] From their site: First People is a child friendly site about Native Americans and members of the First Nations. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more. I’m an outsider to California, […]

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One Family, Nine Generations of Winemaking, Four Continents ~ Bernard Portet Celebrates 40 Accomplished Years

I recently received a bottle of 2010 Ñabdú Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, along with some print material. I got to taste it shortly thereafter, and simply loved the wine. What I love more, though, is Bernard Portet’s current story. Years ago I met Bernard Portet, while I was traveling doing one of the wine festivals… […]

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ The Most Significant Planting of Zinfandel in Our Modern Era

According to Dave Pramuk, Robert Biale’s co-founder and marketing strategist, “Robert Biale Vineyards is delighted with this project – the most significant planting of Zinfandel in Napa Valley in our modern era. In the pioneering days of California viticulture, Zinfandel was the grape of choice across the state. In Napa Valley, Zinfandel once comprised over […]