Tag Archives: St Helena

• Think pink – a bumper crop of rosé this year

Think pink – a bumper crop of rosé this year

No one in the Food & Wine office could avoid The Pile. Everyone who walked by The Pile commented on it. “Is there really that much rosé?” Yes. Yes, there is. “Are you going to taste all of that?” Quite a lot of it, in fact. “Why so much?” Why indeed, dear reader? In recent […]

• 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, […]

• Nice! Napa wine auction raises $5.8 million

Nice! Napa wine auction raises $5.8 million

Bidders at Auction Napa Valley weathered Mother Nature’s shenanigans and raised $5.8 million on Saturday, down from last year’s take of $6.9 million. A maze of tents at St. Helena’s Meadowood Resort shielded the well-heeled from the rains, the first time in the auction’s 31-year history that organizers had the obstacle of stormy weather. The […]

• 2010 a bizarro vintage in California

2010 a bizarro vintage in California

“A year of weirdness,” says Copain’s Wells Guthrie. “Wacky is probably the best way I could describe it,” adds Qupe’s Bob Lindquist. “What a roller coaster,” suggests Cathy Corison of Corison Winery in St Helena. Sensing a theme? Any which way, 2010 will go down as a memorable, bizarro vintage in California. It boils down […]