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St. Helena Wineries World-Famous

July 27, 2016 5:33 pm Published by

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... View Article

Running the Best Vineyards in Napa is a Lot of Work

July 26, 2016 5:19 pm Published by

The best vineyards in Napa Running one of the best vineyards in Napa is a lot of work. A vineyard is a farm, and farming is already famous for being hard work. In addition, the winemaker must match the right variety of grape to their particular terroir and choose just the right moment to harvest the grapes — the margin for error is much lower than when harvesting, say, corn. And every piece of equipment used at a winery that comes into contact with the must needs to be kept surgically clean and sterile — the sugar-rich must that sustains... View Article

The Fun of Joining a Wine Club

July 20, 2016 5:15 pm Published by

Exclusive Wine Clubs Wine clubs work like book-of-the-month clubs — you buy a certain number of bottles a year, and the club delivers them to your door. You get discounts on the wines they offer (especially if this club is associated with a particular winery) and other benefits, which may include discounts on merchandise, free tastings and priority invitations and (again, if this club is associated with a particular winery) priority invitations and reservations at winery events. A wine club should offer information on the wine you get and suggestions on what foods to pair it with. There shouldn’t be... View Article

Napa Valley History and Wine

July 19, 2016 5:08 pm Published by

A short history of Napa Valley wine Wine grapes have been grown in California since the late 17th century. The first grapes in Napa Valley were Mission grapes, descended from Spanish grapes and better known for their hardiness and adaptability than for the quality of their wine. In the 19th century, seeing that the climate and soil of Napa Valley were perfect for winemaking, immigrants to California brought seeds and cuttings of other vines to improve the quality and variety. Today, Napa Valley wines are famous throughout the world. Wine clubs of Napa Valley If you’re planning to visit a... View Article

Knowing Where the Aromas Come From

July 14, 2016 11:43 am Published by

Wine club wine tasting One thing you might hear about at a wine tasting held by a wine club is the aroma wheel developed by winefolly.com. Unlike the traditional Wine Aroma Wheel created by Ann C. Noble, this one classifies aromas (and flavors) according to the point in the winemaking process that gives rise to them. Primary aromas come from the grape itself, or from its terroir. Most of the variety of possibilities comes from this. The categories are flower, citrus, tree fruit, tropical fruit (for some reason, bubblegum is classified here as a tropical fruit), red fruit, black fruit,... View Article