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You May Not Be Drinking The Famous Stag’s Leap Wine You Think You’re Drinking

Stag’s Leap – the winery whose name has an apostrophe before the S – is the famous Napa winery known for producing the Cabernet that bested the top Bordeaux at the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Thanks to this event, both Napa and the winery became famous internationally, becoming high-end names that many people the world […]

Napa Valley wine maker Peter Mondavi dies at age 101

NAPA (KRON) Napa Valley winemaker Peter Mondavi the CEO of the Charles Krug Winery has died at the age of 101. Mondavi died Saturday at his home in St. Helena. Peter Mondavi is being remembered by family and friends as a pioneer of the wine industry in Napa. Peter was the brother of Robert Mondavi. […]

Switchback Ridge Wines Napa Valley

The small Peterson Ranch in the north-eastern part of the Napa Valley now has 8 ha (20 acres) under vine planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Finely-drained rocky soils produce naturally low-yielding grapes of impressive flavour intensity. Only estate-grown fruit is used and winemaking is in the hands of Robert Foley, who also […]

Storybook Mountain Wines Napa Valley

This is a Zinfandel-only winery and a very good one, located on the red clay and loam slopes of the Mayacamas. The estate vineyards surrounding the property were originally planted in the 1880s and these hillside plots continue to show the potential of the variety. Insecticides and herbicides are avoided and the wine is vinified […]

Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley

Two powerful and supple Cabernets are produced at Silver Oak Cellars. The estate was established as a partnership between Ray Duncan and the late Justin Meyer, the original winemaker. Daniel Baron took over those reins and continues to produce wines of substance and quality, particularly in the case of the Napa Valley bottling, despite production […]

Schramsberg Vineyards Napa Valley

This was the first California winery to produce quality sparkling wines from the classic varieties of Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. All three grapes are used across the range. A straightforward non-vintage blend, Mirabelle, is vinified from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is a fruit-driven style intended for easy drinking. More serious are […]

Renteria Wines Napa Valley

Salvador Renteria arrived in the Napa Valley from Mexico in 1962 and soon became one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the area. In 1987, he started his own vineyard management company which now looks after more than 1,500 prime acres. In 1993, he handed over control to his son, Oscar, who is […]

Patz and Hall Winery Napa Valley

The two partners here first worked for FLORA SPRINGS and during this association they determined to establish a small winemaking operation in order to produce top-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The regular bottlings of Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley Chardonnay are impressive but even more so are the small-volume runs produced […]

Miller Wine Works Napa Valley

Impressive new small operation producing Rhône style reds from the Napa Valley and now Pinot Noir from the Kendric Vineyard in Marin County. Chef turned winemaker Gary Miller gained experience with La Jota , Martinelli and Robert Biale before establishing his own Napa based operation. Grenache from the High Valley AVA in Lake County is […]

Luna Vineyards Napa Valley

Luna focuses on Italian varietals and a number of reds. John KONGSGAARD provided the early winemaking direction. Both the regular Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese are good value for money, while the pricier Canto is a proprietary Super-Tuscan-style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a little Petite Sirah adding additional grip. Indigenous yeasts are […]

Lewis Cellars Napa Valley

If like me you’re a motor racing fan you’ll be delighted by the quality of the powerful, dense Cabernetbased reds hand-crafted by former Indy 500 star Randy Lewis and his wife Debbie. This small, bespoke range is marked by rich fruit and in the top reds power and structure. They are quintessential California wines but […]

Larkmead Vineyards Napa Valley

This winery dates back to the end of the 19th century and has always focused on estate wines. The Bordeaux red varieties are the main focus of the operation but new blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and Tocai Friulano have been established and released, the Sauvignon Blanc under the Lillie brand and vinified in oak in […]

JAQK Cellars Napa Valley

Is this serious or is it humorous? Wine drinking poker players should be thrilled with this new conception of marketing wine. The brainchild of Joel Templin and Katie Jain, already at the forefront of graphic design, have teamed up with Craig MacLean, one time winemaker for Cain Cellars and Spring Mountain Vineyards , to produce […]

Hourglass Wine Napa Valley

A handful of reds and an Hourglass Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (£E) are made here. The Hourglass site is a tiny 1.6ha (4 acre) vineyard planted in 1992 in close proximity to the COLGIN Tychson Hill, VINEYARD 29 and GRACE FAMILY vineyards. Spread across the hillside as well as the valley floor, the soil is made […]

Havens Winery Napa Valley

A good, small range of wines with the Bordeaux varieties a key element in the portfolio. Certainly rich and impressive when at their dark fruited best, the wines can be marked by oak. Bourriquot is a Bordeaux style blend, but Right Bank rather than Left, being a stylish blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. A […]

Green & Red Vineyard Napa Valley

Small estate in the Chiles Valley on the eastern side of the Napa Valley whose main focus is Zinfandel. Consultancy input from Helen Turley of MARCASSIN has provided the stimulus for well-crafted ripe and supple examples of the variety. All of the wines are now made from estate grown fruit. The Chiles Mill is an […]

Elizabeth Spencer Wines Napa Valley

Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham founded the Elizabeth Spencer winery in 1998, a year after they got married. Elizabeth was a well-known figure in Californian wine circles, having been involved in marketing, hospitality and brand development with several leading luminaries such as ARAUJO, DALLA VALLE, ETUDE, FRANCISCAN, HARLAN, KAMEN, SEAVEY, Soter, SPOTTSWOODE, VIADER and others. […]

Del Dotto Vineyards Napa Valley

David Del Dotto is a relatively new name in the Napa Valley wine community but he has one of the most unconventional approaches to selling and marketing his wines. Only a proportion of his resources go into producing the wines rated below which he sells in general distribution as well as at the winery tasting […]

Darioush Winery Napa Valley

Darioush Khaledi established this winery in 1997 but the results are already impressive. He owns 13 ha (33 acres) of vineyards around the site of the spectacular new winery building, along with 10 ha (25 acres) in the Mount Veeder and Atlas Peak AVAs. Most of the wines are released under the Signature label. The […]

Cuvaison Wines Napa Valley

Medium-sized operation producing sizeable volumes of Chardonnay. Fruit is sourced from its own vineyards, including a property in Carneros, as well as from elsewhere; the recently acquired Brandlin Ranch on Mount Veeder also now provides further resources of estate fruit for vintages to come and a top end Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend Two Estates has now […]

Corison Winery Napa Valley

Cathy Corison produces a small amount of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a variety of top quality benchland vineyard sites. Unlike many wines produced by her Napa neighbours, the Corison Cabernet is not overblown and has considerable depth and finesse. Aged in around 50% new French oak the wine shows remarkably well young but will […]

Colgin Cellars Napa Valley

Colgin now offers a number of super-premium bottlings. All are extremely expensive (the winery release prices can also be rapidly dwarfed by trading prices at auction) and two are based on Cabernet Sauvignon, although the Cariad red is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc (all sourced from the Madrona Vineyard) blended with some fruit from […]

Clos Pegase Winery Napa Valley

A fairly extensive range is produced at this Calistoga winery, although our most recent tastings only cover the Napa Cabernet. The other key wines are the Mitsuko Vineyard Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A special label Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also released each year with the labels taken from works among the Shrem’s […]

Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley

Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley – One of a few genuinely historic Napa wineries dating back to the 1880s. Nowadays the winery is best- known for one of the greatest Cabernet-based reds from the US. Even in lesser years the Montelena Estate red has a reputation for real quality. It is a backward and powerfully […]

Chappellet Vineyard Napa Valley

This winery, located on Pritchard Hill close to BRYANT, has had a variable record in recent years. Most interesting is the impressive Chenin Blanc. Vinified from old vines with just a hint of oak this is a striking and unusual example of the variety for California. Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon and Signature Chardonnay have both […]

Oliver Caldwell Cellars Napa Valley

The Caldwells now produce just one Cabernet Sauvignon having sold their Aida Vineyard to VINEYARD 29. The pure varietal Esedra Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Bella Vista (Calistoga), Beckstoffer (Silverado Trail) and Vybony (Oakville) vineyards. It is impressively rich and concentrated with a chocolaty, lightly spicy cedar character and a supple, finely honed structure. A […]

Cain Cellars Winery Spring Mountain

This is a spectacularly sited Spring Mountain estate planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which make up the flagship Cain Five – a medium-full, ripe, chocolaty and lightly cedary blend. The Concept, another meritage blend dominated by CabernetSauvignon, along with smaller proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is […]

Brown Estate Vineyards Napa Valley

Fine Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced from the Brown family property in the Chiles Valley District in the eastern Napa. Of the 16 ha (40 acres) under vine, two-thirds are planted to Zinfandel. The first vintage of Zinfandel was only in 1996, but it is one of the very best examples from the region, […]

Blackbird Vineyards Napa Valley California

Blackbird Vineyards Napa Valley – In 2003 Michael Polenske bought the 10 acre (4 ha) Blackbird Vineyard from Mia Klein of SELENE Winery and immediately set about installing Aaron Pott (ex Quintessa, but cut his teeth at Châteaux TROPLONG-MONDOT and Latour Figeac in St. Émilion for five years) as winemaker. Whilst the majority of the […]

Barlow Vineyards Napa Valley

Small 20 ha (50-acre) property south of Calistoga, founded in 1994. As well as Merlot and the Barrouge blend (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), the Smiths produce varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, a Sauvignon Blanc and a little rosé However with a planned production ceiling of just 2,000 cases the wines will always be fairly scarce. […]

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