Tag Archives: Napa

Winery Profile: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Who: Robert Sinskey Vineyards   What: Backing Biodynamics Without Skimping on Seduction   Where: Carneros (Napa Valley), California   Why: Because for Robert Sinskey Vineyards, elegance and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Because RSV talks the talk and walks the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Napa Valley

Where: Saddled between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca range to the east, Napa Valley is an hour’s drive northeast from San Francisco. It’s an American Viticultural Area within northern California’s Napa County, and it houses 16 … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Cathy Corison

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Just What, Exactly, Happens at Harvest?

I stood there, shivering like a leaf, in the most ridiculous of outfits: thin, shiny gold sandals with skinny jeans and a brand new, lightweight cashmere sweater. It was 40 degrees out (I thought we were in California?!) and 4:30am; … Continue reading

Back to Basics: What Is Acidity?

Acidity is one of the most commonly discussed concepts in wine. All wines have it, though in varying degrees, and the ability to perceive it is affected by the wine’s other components.   We are familiar with the term “acidity” … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Picking Out “Fruit” Notes in Wine

I remember reading a tasting note about maracuja once. “Mara-what?” I asked myself. I’ve seen rambutan, Buddha’s hand and carambola (fancy name for star fruit) called out, too… not to mention notes about “strawberry gelée” or “licorice-dusted black cherry compote.” … Continue reading

Back to Basics: How Climate Affects Wine

Applying this concept to your everyday wine choices will go a long way in helping you pick out a wine you like: The warmer the weather, the riper the grapes can get.   So even if you are growing the … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Corison

Who: Corison Winery   What: Old-Soul Napa Cabs with Class   Where: Rutherford and St. Helena (Napa), California   Why: Because Cathy Corison is simply “good people.” Because she is honest, even if she’s not giving you an easy answer. … Continue reading