Tag Archives: Napa County California

• 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 […]

• Napa auction nets more than $3m, 31% increase over last year

Napa auction nets more than $3m, 31% increase over last year

Napa Valley’s Premiere Auction has netted a record amount, with a 31% increase on last year’s total. The fast-paced bidding brought in a million dollars an hour at the Napa Valley Premiere Auction event held on Saturday, 25 February, at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. Over the course of […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• Climate Change Has California Vintners Rethinking Grapes

Climate Change Has California Vintners Rethinking Grapes

Prime California wine country areas like the Napa Valley could soon be facing rising temperatures, according to climate change studies. So some wineries are thinking of switching to grapes that are better suited to a warmer climate. But when vineyards have staked their reputations on certain wines, adapting to climate change is a tough sell. […]

• Napa Wineries Innovate to Re-use Wastewater

Napa Wineries Innovate to Re-use Wastewater

The Parducci, Caymus, Conundrum, Alpha Omega and Rombauer wineries are applying innovative methods to treat their wastewater, according to a San Francisco Chronicle article. According to Sheldon Sapoznik, Napa County’s land use development supervisor, wastewater in the wine-making process mainly comes from washing tanks, barrels, crush pads and floors. Winery wastewater’s high sugar content can […]

• 7 New Napa Valley Pioneers

7 New Napa Valley Pioneers

Named “Napa” by the area’s native Wappo Indians for its abundant natural resources, this fertile valley boasts a long list of dedicated pioneers. The first was George Calvert Yount who, nearly 190 years ago, established the region’s first homestead and planted its very first grapevines. The Napa Valley pioneers of today are leaders—not only in […]

• Not about booze, but newsworthy: The French Laundry pop-up in Harrods

Not about booze, but newsworthy: The French Laundry pop-up in Harrods

The French Laundry will bring a taste of US fine dining to the UK this autumn with a pop-up restaurant at Harrods. Opening on 1 October for just 10 days, the collaboration will see the London luxury department store’s fourth floor Georgian Restaurant transformed, bringing in the French Laundry tableware and staff to complement the […]

• Not Quite Napa But Number Of Massachusetts Wineries Is Surging

Not Quite Napa But Number Of Massachusetts Wineries Is Surging

It may not resemble Napa Valley quite yet, but Massachusetts is stepping up when it comes to winemaking. State agriculture officials say there are now 40 licensed wineries in the Bay State, most of them small, family-owned operations. That’s more than triple the number that existed less than two decades ago.

• Interactive Website GoVine Debuts Connecting Consumer & Wineries

Interactive Website GoVine Debuts Connecting Consumer & Wineries

In an attempt to provide the wine connoisseurs and wine investors the ultimate wine-resource, April Madden founded a first-of-its-kind integrated winery search, trip planner and social media company called GoVine. In a press release, GoVine officials explained that the company has been created with the intention of connecting consumers and wineries. The interactive portal is […]

• Worried Napa Valley wineries study climate change

Worried Napa Valley wineries study climate change

Napa Valley vintners step up monitoring of weather patterns to grasp how their world will shift. A Napa Valley winemaker recently climbed a steep hillside to reach a four-metre white weather station that towers above rows of Cabernet Sauvignon vines absorbing the mid-morning sun. Curiosity drove him to install the relatively inexpensive device in 1995, […]

• Wine in kegs new market for Napa wineries

Wine in kegs new market for Napa wineries

A  new trend is opening up a new market for a few Napa Valley wineries: Wine in kegs. The Kitchen Door restaurant that opened this week in the Oxbow Public Market, is only the latest local eatery adopting a very old idea: Serving from a keg. In the old days, of course, it was from […]

• Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Two proposed “timberland-to-vineyard” conversion projects that would clear almost 2,000 acres of redwoods and firs in California’s Sonoma County have some residents saying enough is enough. Despite recent declines in high-end wine sales and a glut of grape production in Sonoma County, the winemakers are investing millions in environmental studies for the projects. Napa Valley’s […]

• Napa to host major wine tourism conference

Napa to host major wine tourism conference

North American wine tourism event expected to draw 300 attendees. The Napa Valley Destination Council will host the first North American Wine Tourism Conference, an event aimed at highlighting trends and issues affecting stakeholders within the wine tourism industry in established and emerging wine destinations. The conference, set for Nov. 16 and 17 at the […]