Wine clubs of St. Helena wineries
The St. Helena American Viticulture Area is one of 16 AVA’s in the valley. At the northern end of the valley floor, it’s slightly warmer and drier than the southern parts of the valley. It has many different types of soil, from gravel and clay to volcanic soil. Deep, ripe Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Merlots all come from St. Helena wineries.
St. Helena is often called “Napa Valley’s main street.” This town is one of the centers of the world’s wine industry. Joining a wine club is a good way to get invited on tours of this town and its surrounding area, with its numerous fine wineries, and learn its history. A taste of that history follows:
In the 1860s, immigrants began planting vineyards in the St. Helena area, taking advantage of its near-perfect climate for viticulture. St. Helena was incorporated in 1876, at which point it already had a a schoolhouse, a hotel and a few businesses, including St. Helena wineries. Ten years later it had a population of about 1,800. By this time it was already a center of the growing California wine industry.
A winery near St. Helena
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards is a great St. Helena winery. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, south of Howell Mountain, Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. The micro-climate of Conn Valley is cooler than many other parts of the valley, although warmer than Howell Mountain itself, so the grapes they grow are closer to mountain grapes than the grapes in the St. Helena American Viticulture Area proper. At the vineyard, you will have the chance to meet the owners and wine-makers and taste excellent wine stored in the vineyard’s cave.
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations across the nation. By ordering six bottles or more per year, you can join the Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Wine Club. Club membership will get you a discount on many of their finest wines, as well as the chance to try library wines such as their 2007 Éloge. This dark ruby wine has an aroma of mocha, violets, chocolate, cedar and black stone fruits balanced with oakiness. Its flavor begins with the juicy taste of ripe blackberries, followed by more dark fruit flavors with coffee bean spice and chocolate covered cherries perfectly matched with fruit and oak tannin’s. It has a finish lasting two to three minutes in the mouth, making it a wine to savor. The ’07 Éloge is expected to get even better as it ages. Try a bottle of ACVV wine today.