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Cabernet Sauvignon – Perfect for Cookouts

August 31, 2016 1:53 pm Published by

Cabernet at a Cookout With summer coming to an end, there is still time for a last few barbecues before the weather starts getting colder — especially in California, where the outdoor weather should be pleasant, and if anything at less risk of being too hot. The perfect wine to serve at a cookout is a Cabernet Sauvignon. A world-famous red wine with notes of blackcurrant and tannins that stand out, the Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with wild fowl, red cabbage, honey-roasted carrots and such fine dishes as aged cheeses or truffles. Most of all, it’s perfect for serving with... View Article

Characteristics of the Best Wines

August 26, 2016 4:34 am Published by

Join a wine club to discover the best wines Deciding which are the best wines in Napa or any other wine-growing region is very much a matter of personal taste. Some people like red wines, while others prefer white. Some people prefer greater fruitiness, greater acidity or more tannins. Still, there are certain general rules most people agree on. The best wines are complex and intense, with connoisseurs able to detect a variety of aromas in the nose and flavors in the taste and finish. Fruit flavors tend to predominate, but spices, flowers, chocolate, tobacco and even leather, earth and... View Article

How the Best Vineyards Napa Work

August 25, 2016 4:23 am Published by

Napa vineyards and how they work The best vineyards Napa match the grape to the terroir. In the coolest parts of the valley, winemakers grow Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes. The hardy Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can grow anywhere in the valley, but yield better wines in some areas than in others. The best vineyards Napa use pruning to hold the canopy at an even height, allowing for plenty of photosynthesis without letting the vine invest too much nourishment in growing the central stock. They thin the crop at the beginning of veraison, sacrificing a few of the grapes to make... View Article

Finding the Best California Wines

August 17, 2016 9:21 pm Published by

Best California wines Precisely which wines are the best California wines depend on personal taste and what you’re in the mood for. Here are some varieties of wine from which some of the most highly praised California wines have come: Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic red wine which usually has cassis notes and strong tannins. It goes well with any sort of red meat, and grows in a variety of climates. Pinot Noir is a red wine grape usually grown in cooler areas, and is much harder to cultivate than the Cab. It has an aroma of cherries, raspberries and... View Article

Barrel Tasting a Wine-Lover’s Delight

August 16, 2016 8:07 pm Published by

Barrel tasting One of the events that every true wine enthusiast wants to get a ticket to is a barrel tasting at a Napa Valley winery. A barrel tasting is a lot like other wine tastings, with the difference that all the wines come straight from the barrel. Here you can taste the results of last year’s grape harvest at its earliest stage and try to make a guess as to how good the wine will be when it’s judged ready to be sold. Barrel tastings are usually held in the spring or summer, when the weather is good and... View Article