Tag Archives: Napa Cellars

• Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Tasting & Auction February 23

Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Tasting & Auction February 23

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced that over 200 wines will be showcased at the Premiere Napa Valley barrel tasting and auction event on February 23, 2013. Barrels of each of the wines will line the famous cask room at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone holding one-of-a-kind blends, varietals or special vineyard lots […]

• The Near-Accidental Brilliance of Shafer Vineyards

The Near-Accidental Brilliance of Shafer Vineyards

John Shafer and his family brought a surprisingly haphazard and improvisational approach to learning the winery trade, but Jay McInerney finds that the results are some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. Like more than a few Napa Valley wineries, Shafer Vineyards had its inception in a midlife crisis. John Shafer was a 48-year-old former bomber […]

• Amazon to Try Wine, Again

Amazon to Try Wine, Again

Web retail giant meeting with wineries, planning new “wine marketplace”. The third time might be the charm. Retail giant Amazon is making preparations to sell wine on the Internet later this year. Amazon representatives have been meeting with West Coast wineries this week about the company’s new Amazon.com Wine Marketplace. Amazon is requiring participants to […]

• Top 10 things to do in downtown Napa

Top 10 things to do in downtown Napa

The region of Napa, California is well-known for its award-winning wines.  What is perhaps less well-known is the availability of wine tasting in the city of Napa. In part 4 of my 4-part series on the city, I highlight some of the best wine tasting in and near downtown Napa. 1.  Luscious Wine Tasting The […]

• How to beat rising wine prices

How to beat rising wine prices

Even though many wineries are raising prices, savvy consumers can still stock their cellars on the cheap. The glass looks half empty for lovers of California wine, as many wineries are expected to raise prices in the coming years. But experts say consumers can still hunt down a wide variety of cheap bottles. Although consumers […]

• Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

Cult wines and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two go hand in hand and may even be practically synonymous to most people. But while there are technical and theoretical arguments that Lafite, Penfolds or Ornellaia are cult* (Saint-Emilion’s micro-châteaux don’t count in this instance because they’re predominantly Merlot), it is in California’s Napa Valley that the original […]

• Why Chinese Investors Buy Napa Wineries

Why Chinese Investors Buy Napa Wineries

Few topics are hotter in the industry than the Chinese market for U.S. wines, but less has been reported about a concurrent trend—Chinese nationals are avidly buying vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley. In a reversal of historic fortune, 19th century immigrants came to California in search of gold. Today, wealthy Chinese nationals have begun […]

• Napa Valley’s weird and wonderful wines

Napa Valley’s weird and wonderful wines

We pick out the most unusual wines at the Premier Napa Valley event, from a recently disgorged vintage Californian sparkling to a “A PhenomeNon-Vintage” red blend. While the drinks business has already reported on the record-breaking fundraiser event, Premiere Napa Valley 2012, less was said about the actual wines that were presented. One of the […]

• Which Comes First – the Winery or the Farm?

Which Comes First – the Winery or the Farm?

How many of us haven’t, at some point, fantasized about leaving it all to go run a winery? This dream always seems to entail lunch shared with friends and family, a light dish accompanied by a bottle of one’s own red wine, eaten al fresco and overlooking breathtaking views of one’s own vineyards. A labor […]

• Palm Desert Food + Wine Festival – March 23-25

Palm Desert Food + Wine Festival – March 23-25

The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is poised to raise the bar on culinary celebrations with a stellar line-up of Food Network celebrity chefs and James Beard winners, more than 50 fine dining restaurants and over 80 premium wine brands from around the world for three days of palate-tempting gastronomy on March 23-25. Palm […]

• Congrats! Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

Congrats! Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

The Vintners Hall of Fame in St. Helena will induct Peter Mondavi Senior tonight after eight decades of making fine wine. Peter is far less famous than his late brother Robert, who was as good at self-promotion as he was at making great wine. Peter keeps, in his own words, “plugging along” at 97, as […]

• Panel picks eight top single vineyard Napa Cabs

Panel picks eight top single vineyard Napa Cabs

Eight wines have tied in first place in a tasting of single vineyard Napa Cabernets from the 2008 vintage. Thirty Napa Valley winemakers and retailers gathered at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St Helena, California to assess single vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 2008 vintage. The reviewers are part […]

• Cathy Corison – SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year 2011

Cathy Corison – SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year 2011

The trampoline did it. In 1972, wanting to use her skills from the diving team, a Pomona College undergrad named Cathy Corison offered an extracurricular trampoline course. The signup sheet next to hers was for a wine class taught by John Haeger, then a professor and now a Bay Area writer. On a lark, she […]

• California approves new AVA

California approves new AVA

The US government has approved a new American Viticultural Area in Napa Valley as Californian wines look set to break new sales records after a strong 2011. The new Coombsville AVA was registered last week and becomes the 16thappellation in the county, comprising some 4,484 hectares split between roughly 40 wineries and growers. The petition […]

• Yao Ming launches his own California wine label. Slam dunk!

Yao Ming launches his own California wine label. Slam dunk!

So, retired basketball star Yao Ming is launching his own California wine label. Yao Family Wines is a bit different from other sports figures’ vanity wines in that it is being targeted primarily for the Chinese market. The sole wine released so far, the 2009 Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, will retail for $289 […]