In our recent inaugural visit to Lodi we had the good fortune to meet one of the most unusual characters in that emerging region: Markus Niggli. Come to think of it, he would be one of the most unusual characters in any wine region. A native of Switzerland, Markus has worked in vineyards and wineries around … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part II: Markus Wine Co.
We usually don’t think of wine and gravity going together. When I knock over a glass of wine, gravity causes the precious juice to fall to the floor. Or worse yet, when the 2014 Napa earthquake struck, gravity maliciously conspired with shaking of the Earth to cause many bottles of wine to plummet to their … Continue reading At Moshin Vineyards gravity is good for the wine
Did Napa need another tasting room? Yes!
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
Living in Napa, literally within walking distance to local wineries, we often get locked in to our hometown wineries. For the past few years, we have been working our way up and down the Napa Valley and mostly ignoring wineries in neighboring Sonoma. This weekend, we decided to break out and get out of town … Continue reading A 158-Year-Old Family Winery