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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 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

Cabernet Sauvignon – Great for Celebrations

July 13, 2016 11:35 am Published by

Cabernet Sauvignon a famous California wine The California Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine meant to be served with a celebratory meal. Cabs are known for having an aroma and palate rich with the flavors of cassis (blackcurrant), black cherry and blackberry, and often hints of black pepper, tobacco, licorice, vanilla and violets. They are most often paired with foods that have strong flavors of their own, such as grilled or roasted red meat — especially venison, lamb or rich beef. Try serving the wine at 14 to 16 degrees centigrade (57 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit) to get the full flavor,... View Article

Napa Wineries that are Worth Exploring

July 7, 2016 12:07 pm Published by

Napa Valley wineries When planning a trip to Napa Valley, with plenty of wine tastings and visits to vineyards, start by finding a place to stay in the area. There are lots of little bed-and-breakfasts in Napa Valley, mostly vintage homes. As for transportation, at the airport at San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento, you can rent a car. The San Francisco and Oakland airports also have shuttle bus service. The towns of Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and Angwin all have interesting places to visit. But of course what you’re really here for are the renowned Napa wineries. There... View Article

Wine Clubs, and Other Ways to Take Cave Tours

July 6, 2016 12:02 pm Published by

Cave tours in Napa Valley Caves. They are dark and mysterious. They are chilly, but never too cold. Despite not having been built for comfort, they were some of humanity’s first shelters, and the location of some of our first attempts at art. For centuries, they’ve been used to store wine barrels — the air in them is always at just the right temperature, so there is very little evaporation of the wine despite the hairline gaps that let air into the wine barrel and make it possible to tap the barrel. So it was that when winemaking came to... View Article