Last night we opened a bottle of 2015 De La Guerra Viognier from Napa Valley's Carneros region. Translated literally, the words "de la Guerra" in Spanish mean "of the war" or "from the war." In this case, however, De La Guerra refers not to any battle or war but instead is the name of one … Continue reading The fruits – or grapes – of war.
"Diner." That's all it says on the road sign. "Diner." What else do you need to know, right? Situated along Highway 121 in the Carneros wine region that straddles Napa and Sonoma, the diner's aromas waft across its parking lot and onto the Highway as cars drive by, either coming into or out of Napa … Continue reading A Restaurant Too Cool For A Name
A few days ago we had the pleasure of spending some time (about three hours, actually) with a winery owner that with a one-of-a-kind experience in the wine business. We visited Ceja Vineyards in Napa and tasted wines and toured the estate property with founder Amelia Ceja. During this visit, we learned about the inspiring … Continue reading An All-American Story.
If you like underdogs, you would root for one of the few Latino-owned breweries in the United States. But if you really, really like underdogs, you would root for a brewery owned by Mexican immigrants and opened in the heart of Northern California wine country. For those extreme fans of the underdog, we present Carneros Brewing … Continue reading Beer? In Wine Country?
American playwright Edward Albee ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf") once wrote: "Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance." That is, more or less, how we found our way to Etude Wines, a winery located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. On … Continue reading Wine With A ‘Tude.
Some wineries you visit for the quality of the wine. Others (you know which ones we're talking about!) you visit despite the wine, because of the view, or the beautiful grounds, or the caves, or even the cable car. With a handful of wineries, you visit for both the wine and the experience. Artesa Winery … Continue reading Vino y vista – wine worthy of the view