Archive for the Tag 'Rutherford AVA'


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,” […]


Winemaker Joel Aiken is at it again, with the launch a personal project, appropriately named Aiken Wines

On January 6, 2009, winemaker Joel Aiken launched his wine consulting company, when he left the position of vice president of Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV). Well known for producing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines, it was time for Aiken to branch out on his own. BACKGROUND Joel Aiken had developed an interest in winemaking […]


Rutherford Dust with Theatre of the Mind, a 90 degree sojourn on a 100 degree day

We arrive in Napa Valley and it’s over 100 degrees in the shade… I wonder, “What is this going to be like… I could so easily have stayed in the office (because of the heat). But, I messed up the year before with my promise to be there, and it wasn’t going to happen again, […]


Dusting myself off, after having attended the Rutherford tasting, and reflecting on greatness

Last week I was very fortunate to attended the annual Rutherford Dust Society tasting at Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate. Napa Valley has many sub American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within “Napa Valley” itself. Each has a unique terroir, which is why Napa Valley can continue to be subdivided into more AVAs. While at Robert Mondavi […]