St. Helena, the biggest little small town in the wine world Although the small town of St. Helena, CA, has fewer than 6,000 people, it is one of the acknowledged centers of the global wine business. With more than 80 wineries, it is known as the home of some of the world’s finest wines. St. Helena was incorporated as a town in 1876, by which time it already had a number of small businesses, a schoolhouse and a hotel. Ten years later it had a population of about 1,800. Even before it was officially a town, it was a center... View Article
Going to a barrel tasting Spring is a good time for a barrel tasting. The weather is pleasant, and last year’s grapes have long since gone into the barrel. With just a taste of the 2015 Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon in its earliest state, a connoisseur can make a good guess as to what sort of quality the wine will begin to show in years to come. A barrel tasting is a lot like other wine tastings, but all the wines come straight from the barrel. Often, at barrel tastings, wine futures are sold at a discount. A... View Article
Todd Anderson and Conn Valley Wineries – wine maker dinners in Charlotte Don’t miss Todd Anderson, as he visits the Carolinas over the next few weeks April 27 – 30, 2016: CHARLOTTE NC- Charlotte Wine & Food Festival Check out the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival website to see the various events Todd Anderson and Conn Valley Winery will be participating. Then, in May, check out our Find Todd, page on this website, and see where celebrity winemaker, Todd Anderson, will be each day. Here is an example of one of his Winemaker Dinners- May 21st, Sullivans in Charlotte NC.
Napa Valley wines are the best It seems that there’s hardly a state in the nation that doesn’t boast of having its own vineyards and wineries these days. While it’s true that the grape will grow in all sorts of places, some places still produce better wine grapes than others, and it’s hard to beat Napa Valley wines in terms of quality. The Napa Valley’s intricate topography offers a wide range of potential growing areas to choose between, from fields of rich volcanic soil to rugged mountainsides, each imparting a different set of qualities to the terroir of the grapes.... View Article
The many vineyards of Napa Valley A vineyard is a kind of farm, but it is like no other kind of farm. While all farmers worry about weather and soil quality, not even in Idaho has anyone ever been invited to a potato farm for a french fry tasting. Wine may have begun as something people drink to quench their thirst or get drunk, but it has long since become an art form, in which soil, sun, wind and rain are balanced against different varieties of grape to bring each variety of wine to its own perfection. With so many... View Article