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Touring the Best Vineyards of Napa

April 19, 2016 3:11 am Published by Comments Off on Touring the Best Vineyards of Napa

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


So you’ve Been Invited to a Wine Tasting

April 13, 2016 9:46 am Published by Comments Off on So you’ve Been Invited to a Wine Tasting

Going to a wine tasting If this is your first time at a wine tasting, don’t worry. They’re genteel, low-key affairs full of pleasant conversation and (obviously) fine wine. Dress well, but not to the point of discomfort. If the tasting is at a winery where you’ll be walking around outdoors, prepare for sun or rain. Don’t wear perfume or cologne, or anything else with a strong smell. A big part of the pleasure of wine tasting is appreciating the nose of the wine. Speaking of which, be sure to get a good, long inhale of the wine’s aroma before... View Article


Membership in a Wine Club

April 12, 2016 9:36 am Published by Comments Off on Membership in a Wine Club

California Wine Clubs Wine clubs have been around for the past fifty years, and have become an established part of the traditions of California wine. If you’re not familiar with them, think of them like a book-of-the-month club, but with wines instead of books. You buy a certain number of bottles a year, and they are delivered to your door. You get discounts and other benefits, including (with some clubs) information on the wine and the best foods to pair it with. There is (or should be) no cost to join, and you can cancel at any time. Wine clubs... View Article


Napa Wineries – Different Vineyards, Different Wines

April 6, 2016 9:30 am Published by Comments Off on Napa Wineries – Different Vineyards, Different Wines

A quick guide to Napa wineries The Napa Valley in California has long been synonymous with quality wine. Its warm Mediterranean climate, shielded by the surrounding mountains from the extremes of heat and cold, render it one of the best places in the world to grow wine grapes. Its 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. The first grapes in the valley were Mission grapes, planted by missionaries to grow wine for... View Article


Reliable & Beloved Cabernet Sauvignon

April 5, 2016 9:19 am Published by Comments Off on Reliable & Beloved Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon beloved around the world TV chef and cookbook author David Rosengarten has rightly described California’s Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the world’s iconic wines. The “Cab” is a classic red wine that goes well with duck, red cabbage, slightly bitter vegetables or practically any red meat. Its blackcurrant notes and famous tannins allow it to work especially well with venison, lamb or the richer cuts of beef. To get the true flavor of the wine, it should be served at 14 to 16 degrees centigrade (57 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Try it with something rich and buttery to... View Article