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Q&A with Elias Fernandez winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa

As part of the 10th edition of  Wine Behind The Label we selected 16 highly talented winemakers who have consistently been able to produce five and sometimes, super five star wines for extra recognition. The first of which we profile here, Elias Fernandez, chief winemaker at Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California. Where and when were you born? […]

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Napa’s Realm Cellars Purchases Hartwell Estate’s Winery

The owners of Napa Valley’s Realm Cellars have purchased Hartwell Estate Vineyards’ winery, caves and a portion of their vineyards, Wine Spectator has learned. Hartwell founder Bob Hartwell and his family will retain the brand, an onsite residence and the remaining vineyard parcels. The purchase price was not disclosed. Realm founder Juan Mercado said he […]

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Earliest ever Harvest for Napa Valley

Latest news from Napa wineries is that it will be a record early harvest, but smaller than the last couple of years… California’s harvest season seems to be getting earlier as Mumm starts picking for sparkling wines. Mumm Napa is scheduled to kick off Napa Valley’s harvest season today in what will be its earliest […]

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