Tag Archives: Napa County California

• 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 […]

• Uh oh. Is a Santa Barbara-Style Casino Coming to Napa?

Uh oh. Is a Santa Barbara-Style Casino Coming to Napa?

A proposed rule change by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs could lead to new casinos in California’s wine country. How would Napa Valley look with a casino and a 12-story hotel in the middle of the now-scenic horizon? That’s the nightmare the county fears if the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs goes through with […]

• Auction Napa Valley Breaks Record Raises $18.4M. Salut!

Auction Napa Valley Breaks Record Raises $18.4M. Salut!

Auction Napa Valley 2014 broke its record for the second year in a row this weekend raising a staggering $18.4 million. Friday’s Barrel Lots brought in $1.7 million, a new record for Napa Valley’s top wines. Bidding for special wine and experience packages at Saturday’s Live Lot Celebration raised $12.65 million. At the time of […]

• Famous Auction Napa Valley! Now Buy Online Via E-Auction!

Famous Auction Napa Valley! Now Buy Online Via E-Auction!

You are cordially invited to the most extraordinary wine event the world over… Where wine lover and winemaker meet at the source of America’s legendary wines to partake in and celebrate the best Napa Valley has to offer. Insider’s access to the cool cellars and warm hospitality of renowned Napa Valley vintners. Your choice of […]

• Wine & Spirits Annual List of Top Selling Restaurant Wines

Wine & Spirits Annual List of Top Selling Restaurant Wines

What do you think are the top-selling wines in restaurants? Wine & Spirits magazine ushers in April with its 25th Anniversary Restaurant Poll, an issue they’ve published since 1989. And it’s got some surprises. Editor Joshua Greene asked wine directors at restaurants all over the country to name their 10 best-selling wines in the final […]

• 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 […]

• One Small Step for Womankind. Napa Pruning Competition Opens To Women

One Small Step for Womankind. Napa Pruning Competition Opens To Women

For the first time in its 12-year history women have been invited to take part in the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ pruning competition. Since its inception more than a decade ago women have been banned from taking part in the competition which ordinarily sees men slash at overgrown vines to prove their skill. However this year, in […]

• The wine festival you’ve been waiting for: CabFest 2014

The wine festival you’ve been waiting for: CabFest 2014

CabFestNV 2014 Napa Valley’s legendary Cabernet Sauvignons finally have their own festival!  CabFestNV is a three-day celebration that will appeal to both the expert and the novice, featuring more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry as well as the best of the boutiques. Through current and library wine tasting, interesting and […]

• Hey California…the quality of your Pinot has “skyrocketed”

Hey California…the quality of your Pinot has “skyrocketed”

The quality of Californian Pinot Noir has improved more than any other grape in the state over the last decade, according to Karen MacNeil. The comment was made during a Pinot Noir tasting at last month’s California Wine Summit, where attendees tried 18 Pinots , selected by a group of professionals led by MacNeil, who […]

Warm California weather is good news for 2013 vintage

Warm California weather is good news for 2013 vintage

There’s no such thing as “normal” weather in the California wine country, and vineyard operators say this year that truism could mean good news for wine lovers. After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation’s premier wine region are facing a heat wave […]

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• Climate change threatens wine production geographically

Climate change threatens wine production geographically

Global warming will make it difficult to raise grapes in traditional wine country, but will shift production to other regions. Bid adieu to Bordeaux, but also, quite possibly, a hello to Chateau Yellowstone. Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world’s premier wine regions because of climate change. The study forecasts sharp declines […]

• Napa Valley winery ages wine — in the ocean

Napa Valley winery ages wine — in the ocean

A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment: Napa Valley-based Mira Winery is aging 48 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean. The winery said bottles of wine recovered from shipwrecks have a remarkable and unique flavor. Thus, the winemaker believes aging the 2009 Cabernet in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor will affect the red […]

• Facebook Enters The Wine Business

Facebook Enters The Wine Business

Facebook has started selling wine via a new online store on the site that encourages its US customers to send gifts to their Facebook friends. Keen to take advantage of the opportunity to trade on the world’s biggest social networking site, according to The Huffington Post, several US producers have put their wines up for […]

• 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 […]

• Napa Valley winemaking techniques create a buzz

Napa Valley winemaking techniques create a buzz

If it sounds like a good idea, California will try it. California has long been eyed for its innovation, often challenging current trains of thought. The wine industry is no exception. In the industry’s early years Agoston Haraszthy, Martin Ray, Charles Krug and others stand out as fervently experimenting with techniques new to the California […]