Tag Archives: Napa Cellars

• Up for a tour of Black & Latino-owned wineries in Napa & Sonoma?

Up for a tour of Black & Latino-owned wineries in Napa & Sonoma?

An Oakland-based nonprofit is offering the Wine Soul Train, a daylong tour of Black- and Latino-owned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The initial tour will take place on Saturday, September 26, with a tour bus that seats 35 people departing from Miss Ollie’s restaurant (901 Washington St., Oakland) at 10 a.m. If the Wine Soul […]

• Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

“I’ve been spending some time in wine country recently, renting a cabin from friends. Every morning I sit out on the deck, drinking coffee, reading, and admiring the view, which you can see in a photo below. In the time I’ve been here, the vineyard across the way has turned from sparse and brown to […]

• Awesome! Have you been on Napa Valley wine cave tours?

Awesome! Have you been on Napa Valley wine cave tours?

Sure, a road trip to Napa Valley is beautiful- the gentle hills lined with vineyards and the romantic tasting rooms with their verandas looking over the winery estates, but some of the coolest things to see in Napa aren’t outdoors at all. We’re talking about the wine caves, and here are some that will blow […]

• Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer wine shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of shipped wine also recovered with a 1.6% increase over 2014, according to the new ShipCompliant/Wines & Vines Wine Shipping Report released […]

• Seismic Expert Urges Safer Barrel-Stacking Method

Seismic Expert Urges Safer Barrel-Stacking Method

A forklift operator at Wild Horse Winery near Paso Robles was maneuvering between barrel rows in the wine cellar when suddenly the ground started to shake. The 18-foot-high stacks swayed above her and then collapsed, burying her in an avalanche of 600-pound barrels. It took rescuers over an hour to reach her, after carefully draining […]

• A Venture Capitalist Walks Into A Winery…

A Venture Capitalist Walks Into A Winery…

Jay Levy and Greg Scheinfeld didn’t have a famous winemaker. They didn’t have a winery. They didn’t even have a vineyard. But Levy is co-founder and partner of Zelkova Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm. And Scheinfeld is a financial industry refugee who built a new life in Napa working for the likes of […]

• Napa Earthquake Leads to Wine Bucket Challenge. Who’s Game?

Napa Earthquake Leads to Wine Bucket Challenge. Who’s Game?

When life — or an earthquake — breaks your wine bottles, make it a challenge. This is one stain to be proud of. When life — or an earthquake — breaks your bottles and smashes your barrels, collect the wine in a bucket — and dump it on your head. Following Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude temblor in Napa, […]

• Oregon wineries prepare for possible earthquakes

Oregon wineries prepare for possible earthquakes

Oregon winemakers are looking at what happened during the recent earthquake in Napa because they know it could happen here, too. Like many of the Oregon vineyards, Rex Hill Winery in Newberg faces some unique challenges. The owners have an older building, which they improved to make it safer. And they have winery space built […]

• Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California’s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage. The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses. “It was a very […]

• Best wineries in Napa for architecture and design lovers

Best wineries in Napa for architecture and design lovers

One important thing to remember when visiting the Napa Valley is that it’s not just about the wine. All of the wineries have premium quality wines, but what really sets some apart is their impressive architecture and design. With about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley it is worth making the time to visit some […]

• A Kosher Winery Grows in Berkeley

A Kosher Winery Grows in Berkeley

Jeff Morgan’s story is one best told over a glass of wine — preferably a robust cabernet by Covenant, the kosher wine company he has co-owned for more than a decade. A roving jazz musician and writer turned vintner, Morgan has spent most of the past 10 years working with California vineyards and wineries to […]

• Frank Family Vineyards voted ‘Best Napa Winery’. Again!

Frank Family Vineyards voted ‘Best Napa Winery’. Again!

For the fifth consecutive year, the Frank Family Vineyards has been voted “Best Napa Winery” in the 2014 Bay Area A-list, beating more than 100 other Napa Valley wineries. Nearly 4,000 votes were cast at sf.cityvoter.com, which offers consumers a voice in choosing their favorite businesses in the Bay Area. Founded in 1992, Frank Family […]

• Napa Val Gals and Guys visit the Hills of Beverly

Napa Val Gals and Guys visit the Hills of Beverly

By D.R. Stewart, intrepid reporter and discerning wine taster Theories on tasting often say you’re palate has to warm up, first wines don’t thrill.  Theories on tasting often say your tongue gives out rather quickly to the tannin and that first wines impress more.  Theories on tasting are there to corn-fuse you. Convening at The […]

• Wineries find success exporting California wines to Asia

Wineries find success exporting California wines to Asia

What does a retired NBA star from China have in common with one of the biggest video game makers? They have both started their own wineries in Napa. Yao Ming was introduced to red wines at the steakhouses he frequented while playing for the Houston Rockets. “We do have a lot of beef over there […]

• NRA wine club presents ‘dicey’ situation for Napa wineries

NRA wine club presents ‘dicey’ situation for Napa wineries

How political is your wine palate? With debate raised this month concerning city and county investments into companies that profit from firearm and ammunition sales, is it worth asking how much wine connoisseurs care about the political stances behind their favorite labels? Most local wineries avoid public political affiliations for fear of alienating segments of […]