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Cave Tours of the St. Helena, CA Area

August 4, 2016 3:24 pm Published by

Tour the caves where wine is stored One of the best things about wine clubs is being invited on a cave tour. Caves, which stay at just the right temperature and humidity year-round, have been recognized for centuries as some of the best places to store wine in the barrel. So perfectly suited are these caves that when immigrants to California found there weren’t enough caves in the Napa hills, they hired mining and railroad engineers to build caves for them. The humidity in a wine cave should be at least 75 percent — more than that if there are... View Article

Time Running out for a Barrel Tasting

August 3, 2016 3:20 pm Published by

Wine club barrel tastings Wine clubs like the Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards wine club sometimes hold barrel tastings — usually in the spring or summer, when the weather is good and long before the vineyard is busy with this year’s harvest. There aren’t many more weeks left of summer this year, so if you want to go to one, start planning now. The difference between a St. Helena barrel tasting and other wine tastings is that the wines all come straight from the barrel. Here you can try last year’s Cab at its earliest stage, long before it’s ready for... View Article

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