Posts Tagged ‘ Napa Valley ’

Cellar Search

July 27, 2011
Cellar Search

Time to dig through those cellars. The Charles Krug Winery is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and the owners _ the Peter Mondavi Sr. family _ are looking for old Charles Krug wine bottles. The winery was founded by Prussian immigrant Charles Krug in 1861. Lincoln was president and the Napa Valley was...
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Mexican-American Vintners

June 30, 2011
Mexican-American Vintners

A new group has launched in wine country, the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. This is a nonprofit group with the aim of promoting its members wines and supporting the community’s efforts through marketing, scholarships, etc. Founding members include Alex Sotelo Cellars, Fernando Candelario, Ceja Vineyards, Encanto Vineyards, Maldonado Vineyards, Mi Sueño Winery, Rios...
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Thomas Keller, chevalier

June 9, 2011

Bidding in the rain

June 7, 2011
Bidding in the rain

It was a wet ‘n wild afternoon at this year’s big Napa wine auction as an unseasonable _ I mean really unbelievable, are you kidding me, winter storms in June?! _ downpour pounded the event. But although umbrellas took the place of big hats it was charity that reigned as the 31-year-old event reached...
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Napa wine auction 2011

June 3, 2011
Napa wine auction 2011

For a place with such a big reputation, the Napa Valley is a very small world. After all. Yes, I did just put that song in your head, deal with it. But to get back to my point. I’m attending Auction Napa Valley (#ANV11) this weekend and I’m amazed anew at how open the...
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Vintage 2011 Update

June 1, 2011

 

Check out this video from Shafer Vineyards in which Doug Shafer explains “shatter.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Rolling Stones.

Raymond Vineyards

May 26, 2011
Raymond Vineyards

Looking for something a little different? Raymond Vineyards fits the bill and then some. Interested in organic and biodynamic farming? They’ve got that. Want to meet a weed-eating sheep named Woolly Wonka? Check. Meanwhile, if you want to  indulge your inner hedonist there’s the Crystal Cellar, which has the usual tanks, etc., you’d find...
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Napa sur-real estate

May 9, 2011
Napa sur-real estate

Want to buy a Napa vineyard? Better get ready to crack open that money box. A new report from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers found an acre of prime Napa Valley vineyard went for $225,000 to $300,000 last year.That compares to $125,000 for prime land in Sonoma County and $38,000...
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WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

May 6, 2011
WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

I’d like to say I discovered Benessere Vineyards by driving around the Napa Valley and exploring a wildflower-lined lane. But the truth is I learned of them by getting a box of samples delivered to my door in Berkeley. So, not so much with the romantic backstory, but that, as it turns, out doesn’t...
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Grape season opens

April 25, 2011
Grape season opens

OAKVILLE, Calif. _ T.S. Eliot had it right. April is the cruelest month _ for wine grapegrowers. The tender new shoots begin to spring, green and vulnerable to any late frosts that may come swirling across the vineyard. Winemakers and growers got together recently at the Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville to talk about...
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Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was...
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Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
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Swept away by cassoulet

Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals? Well bite me, because today...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
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