Tag Archives: Napa

• Wineries Growing the Bitcoin Ecosystem

Wineries Growing the Bitcoin Ecosystem

Serving up bottles of select vine varieties, Picnic Wine Co. was the first winery dedicated to selling wine exclusively for bitcoin. Emblazoned on their bitcoinwine.com homepage, a prominently displayed mission statement reads, “Let’s stay in Bitcoin, shall we? The bigger the ecosystem grows, the fewer reasons to go back and forth between fiat . . […]

• 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 […]

• Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival

Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival

Yes, the kidlets have Chinchilla, but there’s a relatively new musical festival called BottleRock in Napa, May 30, 31 and June 1, that vibes for the wine-imbibing crew. If you can pony up three grand for the three day event, you’ll get to see the artists in the title (and those are just my favs, there’s […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• Five Great California Wine Country Road Trips

Five Great California Wine Country Road Trips

You, friends and family, a convertible and the wide open California road.  What could be a better combination?  Pairing it with California wine country, of course!  Because there are so many choices, California’s Wine Institute has developed five big road trip ideas to inspire wine lovers, giving them options to pick their favorites and set […]

• 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 […]

• From Farm Workers to Wine Makers—Latinos a Growing Force in Wine Industry

From Farm Workers to Wine Makers—Latinos a Growing Force in Wine Industry

From Charles Krug, the pioneer, to Robert Mondavi the father, Napa and Sonoma counties in California are considered Mecca for wine making in the United States.  But from the 1960s on, it’s been the Latino labor force behind the wineries fueling the industry. Today, many of its workers have become wine owners and influencers. With […]

• 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 […]

• 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 […]