Tag: Napa

A Stellar Season: Tasting the 2019 Vintage Through Premiere Napa Valley

As we have all been experiencing, the pandemic changed everything. So it was no surprise when the Napa Valley Vintners

Vinography Images: The Mountain

Mount Saint Helena is seen at dusk behind darkened rows of vines on the valley floor. Prominent and steep, Mount

New Names, New Wines from Napa

As some readers know, I’ve only recently been able to dedicate more time to writing here on Vinography after a

Vaccinating Wine Country

A palpable sense of relief has descended upon northern California wine country. On Wednesday 7 April the counties of Napa,

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Vinography Images: Frost Fight

Frost fans spinning at dawn in the famed To Kalon Vineyard of Napa’s Oakville AVA. Frost is on a lot

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Vinography Images: Close Your Bunghole

Workers make wooden bungs by hand to fit the old wooden foudres at Mayacamas Vineyards on Mount Veeder in Napa,


Vinography Images: Strange Creatures

Frost fans stand starkly against the morning fog, like strange creatures in an otherworldly landscape, as the vineyards of the

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 2/21/20

Welcome to my weekly dig through the pile of wine samples that show up asking to be tasted. I’m pleased

The Triangle

Vinography Images: The Triangle

A tiny patch of vineyard shows its autumn colors through the golden shoulders of the Mount Veeder foothills in Napa.

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/13/20

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

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California’s Latino-owned Wineries Mushroom

The first people to make wine in California were almost certainly Mexicans. In the latter half of the 18th century,

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Finding and Buying Napa’s Rarest Wines

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Napa’s so-called “cult” wines—expensive, limited-production wines that are only sold to mailing-list customers, some of whom

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 11/1/20

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

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US Wine Finally Embraces Politics

For the longest time, the American wine industry has managed to maintain an apolitical veneer, steering clear of endorsements or

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Napa Licks Its Wounds and Holds Its Breath

As of this morning, the Glass Fire, which burned more than 67,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties is 97%


Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/11/20

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them

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Napa Wineries Ask ‘What now?’ As They Survey Glass Fire Wreckage

The following is the introduction to an article I penned for Club Oenologique, a fantastic new online magazine out of

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The Progress of Consistency: A TOR Wines Retrospective

There’s lucky and then there’s damned lucky. Tor Kenward has basically had his dream job since the age of 29.

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Napa and Sonoma Burn Again. Horribly.

I don’t know how coherent this particular piece is going to be, as I watch the social media evidence of