When you live in Napa Valley it is common for other locals to ask "have you been to [fill in the name of a winery]." Sometimes we answer in the affirmative but often we have to admit we are unfamiliar with the winery in question. Over the past month we got "the question" twice about … Continue reading See, Sniff, Swirl, Sip, Spit. Repeat.
There is a winery in Paso Robles - Dracaena Wines - that we have been hearing about for the past year or so. Friends and fellow bloggers have posted about the winery's Cabernet Franc and the reviews have been positively glowing. On more than one occasion we visited the Dracaena website and took a closer … Continue reading This is what I call a drinking problem
Who would come to Napa Valley for honey tastings? No one! We did not really taste honey, but we did taste wine at a winery whose name means "honey" in German. What is "honey" in German, you ask? Honig. And that's where we found ourselves a few days ago, at Honig Vineyard & Winery in … Continue reading Honey Tasting in Napa Valley
2016 was unquestionably an impactful year no matter what filters you apply to its 365 days: geopolitics, U.S. politics, the global economy, or the premature passing of a disproportionate number of treasured artists. Certainly, a historical understanding of 2016 will require a thorough review of all of these areas and more. Our goal, however, is not … Continue reading Top 10 Wine Moments of 2016
Today we made our third visit to Holman Cellars, a winery in Napa where some really interesting wines are being made. What keeps drawing us back is the unique setup at Holman Cellars, where there are multiple winemakers and wine labels working out of the same space, sharing the same crush pad, and learning from each … Continue reading Old-fashioned new wine co-op in Napa
Most wine regions are known for something specific. Burgundy is best-known for Chablis (Chardonnay) and Pinot Noir, Bordeaux for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Rioja wine region in Spain is best-known for Tempranillo. In Italy's Tuscany region, Sangiovese is king. If there is a grape that defines Napa Valley, it would be Cabernet Sauvignon, although wine … Continue reading Que Sirah Sirah
We read an announcement recently that HBO has partnered with Vintage Wine Estates, a collection of wineries based in Sonoma County, California, to produce several Game of Thrones-themed wines. Vintage Wine Estates produces wines from Sonoma and Napa Valleys, two of our favorite wine regions. But we would have thought HBO would source a GOT-themed wine from a … Continue reading Our Version of “Game of Thrones” Wine
Over the past decade or more, numerous reports have suggested that red wine is good for the heart. At one of our favorite wineries in Napa, the heart has been very good for the wine as well. As the picture above shows, inside the "E" in the Ehlers logo there is a heart, an homage … Continue reading Heart is Good for the Wine
Okay, so maybe Napa Valley is not beer country yet. But over the past couple of years a number of brewing operations and brew houses have sprung up in the Valley and become instant go-to destinations. We previously wrote about one of our favorite beer spots, Carneros Brewing Company, which is in Sonoma County close … Continue reading Living in Beer Country
Almost ten years ago we visited a prominent winery in Northern California to taste some of their wines. We were motivated to visit by the fact that one of the world's top-rated restaurants (Napa Valley's The French Laundry) had recently added one of their wines to its impressive wine menu. During the course of our … Continue reading Shouldn’t All Wine Be Natural?