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Want To Taste Wine? Sign This Waiver

As Wine Country re-opens throughout California and visitors return to tasting rooms once again, beyond mask-wearing employees and lots of

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Wine Country Reopens, Cautiously

I should probably come clean at the start. I broke the law to write this story. Here in northern California,

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/10/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

Drought Problems? Just Have an Earthquake

Folks in Napa and its surrounding areas are still cleaning up after the earthquake that struck the region two weeks

50th Annual Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 19, Napa

Dedicated wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine.

Vinography Images: Howell Mountain Fog

Howell Mountain Fog NAPA VALLEY, CA: A pine forest high on the slopes of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley

The Screaming Secondary Wine Market

. Not only are the number of bottles that the domaine has to sell minuscule, but permission to be on

And From Napa, a Huge Sigh of Relief

A couple of months ago, I did some speculating in my monthly column for Jancis Robinson about what would happen in

Tasting the Superstar Wines of Napa’s Oakville AVA

Napa Valley is famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for some of the world’s best and priciest

2008 Outpost Grenache, Howell Mountain, Napa

To the casual visitor or inexperienced wine lover, Napa may just be a name on a bottle, or a vision

Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 15, Napa

Serious wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine.

Vinography Images: Between the Rows

Between The Rows I haven’t been to Napa in Months, but I’m headed up there in a few weeks and

So You Wanna Be a Wine Writer?

The wine world is made of dreams. Some people dream about drinking wine. Some people dream about making wine. And

Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 16, Napa

Serious wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine.

Vinography Images: The Sunlit Knoll

The Sunlit Knoll We tend to think of Napa and Sonoma as two distinct and separate wine regions, yet there

Lang & Reed Wine Company, Napa: Current Releases

All of us wine lovers inevitably discover, in the course of our explorations, our own secret wineries. These are the

2005 Lieff “Auberge Road Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa

There are people who start wineries and work for a long time to get to the point that their names

Fontanella Family Wines, Napa: Inaugural Releases

When it comes to family-run wineries, I always enjoy seeing how the many different roles and responsibilities involved in a

The Chinese Roots of California Wine

Every time I visit Meadowood in Napa Valley, I find myself spending time in front of a reproduction of an

2005 Peacock Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa

I have a hard spot in my heart for peacocks. Spending summers with my father in Sonoma County as a

The World’s Best Kosher Wine?: Tasting The Covenant

. I’m not counting the Maneschewitz he had growing up as an occasionally-observant Jewish kid. But as it happens in

In Search of the Cynical Winemaker

I had a conversation the other night with a fellow wine writer that unsettled me. We were tasting a number

The Best Cabernet In Napa: Tasting Premiere Napa Valley 2009

One of my favorite events each year involves the opportunity to sample some of the best wines that Napa produces

Kapcsándy Family Winery, Napa: Current Releases

Napa has a way of turning modest dreams into major productions. Lou Kapcsándy and his wife Bobbie decided to retire

2006 Blackbird Vineyards “Illustration” Proprietary Red Wine, Oak Knoll District, Napa

As you likely know, I make it my business to keep my eye on new California wineries, especially in Napa

Ehlers Estate, Napa: Current Releases

Who ever heard of a non-profit winery? The first time the folks at Ehlers Estate told me they were, I

2005 Gargiulo Vineyards “G Major Seven Study – 575 OVX Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa

There’s something really cool about seeing a young winery start to hit its stride. I’ve only seen a few newborn

2005 Hughes-Wellman Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Good wine is rarely made by accident. So much can go wrong in the winemaking process that to get something

Breaking Wine News: Bordeaux’s Cos d’Estournel Buys Napa’s Chateau Montelena

To those of you in the wine world paying attention to the dollar’s stomach churning lows against the Euro, this

Taste3 Conference: July 17-19, Napa

I know how you think. You’re sitting there, scratching your head, wondering, “now what on earth am I going to

Does Napa’s Best Cabernet Live in Oakville?: A Recent Tasting

While often referred to as a single “place” when it comes to wine, Napa is hardly a single monolithic growing

2005 Piña Napa Valley “D’Adamo Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

If one were to speculate on the wine market as a savvy investor might in the small-cap stock market, the

Screaming Eagle Snubs The Wine Trade

The danger of a post such as this will be the fact that some of you, and perhaps the people

The Mountain Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes From Altitude

We live in a world of marketing, where everyone struggles to distinguish their product from the competition and where seduction