In 1973, Jospeh Phelps bought a former cattle ranch—760 acres in eastern St. Helena—in order to plant a vineyard. Based in Colorado, his business was construction but wine had long been an enthusiasm, drinking it of course, but also making it in hi..
Even with Yountville’s already bountiful roster of excellent tasting rooms and restaurants, Stewart Cellars is a welcome addition. The town requires all tasting rooms to devote a substantial portion of their square footage to some sort of non-wine ..
Grgich Hills Estate makes wines from their five estate vineyards in Napa Valley. The vineyards are in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Calistoga and Rutherford, where the winery and tasting room are located. Each is farmed sustainably and wit..
Spring Mountain wines come in all shapes and sizes. The Spring Mountain District AVA, located just west of downtown St. Helena comes with a variety of facings and altitudes. There is a variety of attitudes too; some wineries go for bold and ripe, o..
Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr in their new winery
St. Helena winery Crocker & Starr conducted their first ever commemorative vertical tasting on September 1. I, and a small number of others in the trade and media, tasted through every Cabernet ..
A worker sorts through a bin of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, removing any leaves and not-ripe-enough clusters to leave only pristine fruit to hit the crusher.
Napa Valley is, from a grape-growing perspective, a very diverse region. Yet there..
The Brown Estate tasting room resides in this beautifully renovated 1859 barn.
Brown Estate is a Zinfandel specialist with a winery and estate vineyards in the Chiles Valley AVA of Napa Valley. It’s family-owned and operated and was the first B..
Francisco Vega, vineyard manager and cellar master, has worked for Ehlers Estate since 2001.
On a recent trip to Napa Valley, I got a chance to see Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc coming in on it’s last day of harvest. The workers begin picking l..
The entrance to Hourglass’ winery, embedded within the mountain.
These two 2013 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon represent the winery’s two very different estate vineyards in Napa Valley. Winemaker Tony Biagi uses similar techniques on both wines. ..
Csaba Szakal is the proprietor and winemaker at En Garde Winery.
En Garde Winery is a small, red wine specialist located in Kenwood, Sonoma County. Their specialty is Cabernet Sauvignon blends from the heights of Napa Valley and Russian River V..