Chardonnay in the Napa Valley

Chardonnay comes in so many variations, some people think it has become ambiguous. Instead, we see the versatility of Chardonnay as part of its huge success in America and the Napa Valley. Every tasting room pours at least one, and with all these different interpretations, it is easy for someone who hasn’t fallen in love with a Chardonnay yet to do just that. Served cold in the summertime, … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Zinfandel

Summer is a time for sunshine, pools and BBQ. Chilled white wines are great, but the red wine of summer is Zinfandel. Ranging from complex and food friendly, to high alcohol hedonistic wines ripe enough to be their own meal. California’s long and colorful history with Zinfandel is engaging and best told by the vintners in the Napa Valley.Freemark AbbeyFreemark Abbey’s history dates back to … [Read more...]

Bordeaux Blended Wine in the Napa Valley

There is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon is king in the Napa Valley. But the grape also lends character in blends with long time bottle-mates like Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The phrase ‘Bordeaux Style’ has risen from obscurity to describe this category of Cabernet dominant, but still blended wines. Even wines labeled Cabernet Sauvignon can contain substantial percentages of other blending grapes. … [Read more...]

Calistoga – at the Top of the Napa Valley

Hot springs, cool wines, warm welcome is the way of life in the northern most town in Napa Valley. Known for their world- famous geothermal hot springs pools, Calistoga is the place to go to relax, unwind and enjoy the best of wine country in a laid back atmosphere. Whatever your lodging tastes may be, from small B&Bs and hotels to hot springs resort and luxury lodging- every host will take … [Read more...]

Sunshine in a glass – Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley

The bright days of the changing season are here. The warmer weather calls for a wine that can keep its cool as the days get longer, and Sauvignon Blanc is a natural choice in the Napa Valley. Aged with minimal or no oak, the clean and refreshing nature of this varietal has the potential to compliment the crisp spring air. These shorter aging requirements lead to fresh wines that are released just … [Read more...]

Lots to do in the Napa Valley in May & June

Summer days in Napa Valley are clear and sunny, the vineyards in full, green growth and the days long, leaving time for dining alfresco after wine-tasting. There is no excuse to spend time inside, when the valley hosts some of its most fun outdoor events.BottleRock Napa - May 29th - 31stIf you’re looking for a little rock ‘n roll when you come to Napa Valley, the third annual BottleRock … [Read more...]

Visit the Napa Valley in April

Wine, food and cultural experiences are high on the list of what makes a great getaway. Planning an excursion to Napa Valley during the month of April will surely delight. The mustard has bloomed deep into the valley, spring menus pop up in restaurants and wineries throughout the valley throw open their doors for wine and art during Arts in April. Whatever your artistic inclination may be there is … [Read more...]

Wines to Pair with Christmas Dinner

Tis the season, and it is time to start thinking about cooking the big Christmas feast. And, of course, as wine professionals, we start with the wine. Friends and family know we have our priorities in order because after we pick the wine we start to pair the foods that complement our favorite winter reds and whites.The Miner Family Simpson Vineyard Viognier is a crowd pleaser that everyone … [Read more...]